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Charleston Pride Festival 

When: Aug. 2-10 2014
Price: Prices vary
Spread the pride vibe at Charleston’s 2014 Pride Festival. The week-long celebration has something going on every evening. Park Circle Film Society is hosting a Night of LGBT shorts on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. On Fri. Aug. 8 after an evening of meeting and greeting at the host hotel, the Holiday Inn on Meeting Street, Pantheon is throwing an after-party. If you operate better in the daytime, then don your most fabulous celebration suit and join in the Pride Parade on Sat. Aug. 9. The parade will begin marching through downtown around 9 a.m., starting at the corner of Ann and Meeting Streets. You can register your walking group on and compete in categories like most creative, most fabulously dressed, best use of music, best float, and best small group. Just because the parade ends that doesn’t mean the party ends. At 11 a.m. on Sat. Aug. 9, the Pride Rally will begin at Brittlebank Park. Hosted by Patti O’Furniture and radio personality Mike the Guy, the rally will consist of a slew of vendors and food trucks, as well as live music and entertainment for all ages. After a solid morning and afternoon of parading and rallying, head to Mad River as day turns to night for the Official Charleston Pride after-party. This year’s party will feature entertainment by the incomparable DWV, a pop group of drag queens based out of Los Angeles who found fame with the release of “Chow Down (at Chick-Fil-A)” in March 2012, a parody of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” satirizing the chicken chain’s stance on gay marriage. The next morning, cure your hangover at the Pride Festival’s final hoorah, the Drag Brunch at Tabbuli. Brunch with decked-out divas on a gyro egg benedict, a tabbuli omelet, and more Mediterranean goodness while sipping on a mimosa or an “ultimate” bloody mary.
— Nicole Monforton


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