CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The 6th annual Charleston Pride Festival kicks off eight days of events from Saturday, July 25 to Saturday, August 1. Charleston's annual celebration of unity and equal rights among the LGBT community will feature eighteen events during the week, beginning with a roller derby bout in North Charleston and wrap up with a party in downtown Charleston.
The festival theme, "A Cause to Celebrate!" is in response to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage earlier this year. Jim Obergefell, the leading plaintiff in the Supreme Court case will be the Celebrity Grand Marshall. Also in celebration of marriage equality, the festival will feature Charleston's first wedding showcase supporting LGBT weddings.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston County council declared July 25 to August 1 as "Charleston Pride Festival Week." Other highlights include a panel discussion on LGBTQ History, Pride Night with the Riverdogs, and the Charleston Pride Parade and Rally.
Here's a full look at the schedule. You can click here to find out more information about each event.
Saturday, July 25
- Out and A Bout: Less Hate, More Skate Roller Derby Event, ISOL in North Charleston, 6pm
Sunday, July 26
- Drag Brunch at Tabbuli Grill, 11am-1pm
- Old Skool Field Gay with We Are Family, Danny Jones Complex Field, 1pm
- Charleston’s LGBTQ History: A Panel Discussion, Location TBD, 6pm
Monday, July 27
- Charleston Rainbows Pride Night with the Charleston RiverDogs, Joe Riley Stadium, 7:05pm
Tuesday, July 28
- LGBTQ Film Night: Screening of My Prairie Home, Charleston Music Hall, 7pm
- Taboo Tuesday, Tabbuli Grill, 9:30pm
Wednesday, July 29
- Charleston Mayoral Candidate Forum, Charleston Marriott, 6pm
Thursday, July 30
- Takeover Charleston Pride, Taco Boy Downtown, 6pm-9pm
- The Patti O’Furniture Show, Dudley’s on Ann, 11pm
Friday, July 31
- Happy Hour with BEAU Magazine, The Green Goat, 4pm
- LGBT LOL: A Night of Comedy, Club Pantheon, 7pm-9pm
- Friday Night at Club Pantheon, 10pm
Saturday, August 1
- Charleston Pride Parade, King Street, 9am
- Charleston Pride Rally, Brittlebank Park, 10am-3pm
- Get Hitched! LGBT Wedding Expo, Memminger Auditorium, 3pm-7pm
- Charleston Pride After Party; A Cause to Celebrate! Memminger Auditorium, 9pm-2am