Charleston Pride: September 16th-23th, 2017

The mission of the Charleston Pride organization has always been to bring together all communities within Charleston and push for the rights of everyone, and also be to be a place full acceptance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We hope events like these will open up the eyes of people. That it will show we are all individuals that are just unique in our own way.

This year, we are glad to welcome various guest ranging from influential speakers, to hilarious comedians. Throughout, their will be various events the attend and enjoy, with all of it leading up to the Charleston Pride Parade. We hope we can provide everyone with something they will enjoy and help you celebrate pride with everyone around!

Highlights:

  • Have a tasty meal during Drag Brunch, at BEAU Magazine Happy Hour and Takeover Charleston
  • Get plenty of laughs at LGBTLOL: A Night of Comedy
  • Influential speakers during OUT SPOKEN, Alliance For Full Acceptance and An Evening with Sarah McBride
  • Enjoy All the festivities at the Pride Festival
  • See all the colors of the rainbow at the Prism Party

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PRIDE PARADE
Charleston Pride Parade
Saturday September 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM
This is a Pride parade like no other. Join crowds of people lining King Street as our parade runs right through the middle of downtown Charleston. Stepping off at 9:00 AM, the parade route goes from Ann Street down King Street to Broad Street, and then to Colonial Lake.

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DAY TIME ACTIVITIES
Drag Brunch
Sunday September 17th, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Come kick back with us and sip mimosas, gulp bloody marys, and watch a fabulous drag show hosted by Symone N. O’Bishop.  Enjoy Tabbuli’s fabulous brunch buffet, listen to the beats of their house DJ and take in all the sights and sounds of the Haus of Tabbuli.

Charleston Pride Festival
Saturday September 23rd, 2017
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Headlining Big Freedia and David Hernandez. Head to Brittlebank Park, beside the beautiful Ashley River, to walk among vendors, food trucks, and beer and alcohol sales, all while taking in entertainment and speakers from the stage. Nothing says Pride like a day in the park. Show your Pride and plan to celebrate!Hosted by the one and only, Patti O’Furniture and featuring entertainment by DJ Beck Danger and Bridgette Pharaohs, Empress of Charleston Pride!

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NIGHT TIME ACTIVITIES
PRIDE ON THE HARBOR
Saturday September 16th, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Set sail with Charleston Pride and kick off our 2017 festival! You’ve heard of our harbor cruises before…. Well, this one will be bigger, better and longer than ever before! The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and DJ K spinning the beats. This boat features three levels with an air-conditioned floor and an open air top deck. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Pride Interfaith Service
Sunday September 17th, 2017
6:30 PM
Join us for Charleston’s Interfaith Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Service. The service is open to Charlestonians of every faith and philosophy. Welcoming and affirming religious leaders will be there as we celebrate or diversity and commit ourselves to work for equal dignity and justice for all. All are welcome.

An Evening With Sarah McBride
Monday September 18th, 2017
7:00 PM
Sponsored by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the College of Charleston Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. Nationally known transgender activist and National Press Secretary for HRC, Sarah McBride will share her story, reflect on the current state of the LGBTQ movement, and our path forward. Sarah will also lead a discussion with local activists around the current LGBTQ movement in the Lowcountry.

OUT SPOKEN: An Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word
Tuesday September 19th, 2017
7:00 PM
Join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word. Members of the LGBTQ community will take a stage and share their wisdom, wit and humor.

Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA)
Wednesday September 20th, 2017
6:30 PM
The year ahead will most likely be a challenge LGBTQ community. Join the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) as guest speaker, Senator Marlon Kimpson, shares what will be coming out of the SC State House this year and what you can do about it.

BEAU Magazine Happy Hour
Thursday September 21st, 2017
5:00 PM
BEAU Magazine hosts their annual happy hour in downtown Charleston.

LGBTLOL: A Night of Comedy
Thursday September 21st, 2017
8:00 PM
Show your PRIDE by coming out to a night of comedy featuring nationally known stand-up comics, who also just happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. Featuring Sampson McCormick, Jenn Snyder, El Sanchez, Ian Aber, and Mimi Benfield.

The Patti O’ Furniture Show
Thursday September 21st, 2017
11:00 PM
Patti O’Furniture is the camp queen of the Carolinas. Her mix of drag, comedy, quirky costumes and quick wit have been entertaining audiences since 1998. Welcome to the world of comedy couture that is the “Yard Sale with Legs!”

Takeover Charleston
Friday September 22nd, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Come out for a great time with drink specials, great food, and music. You won’t want to miss Takeover Charleston Pride!

Charleston Pride Prism Party
Saturday September 23rd, 2017
9:00 PM – 1:30 AM
Sponsored by Dudley’s on Ann. We painted the town every color of the rainbow this year and it’s time to show Charleston how beautiful life can be when those colors come together. You won’t want to miss the Charleston Pride Prism Party as we close out a fantastic day of celebrating our pride.

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