Deborah Cox

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The 25h Annual SC Pride 2014 will be held on Sept. 20, 1-10 p.m.

Headlining the event is Deborah Cox, a Grammy award nominated R&B and pop artist. She has also graced Broadway’s stages, notably in “Aida” and “Jekyll & Hyde” and has appeared in film and television.

Joining Cox onstage is Country artist Lorrie Morgan. She has spent her career writing songs, performing in theatre, as well as serving as a producer. She has sold over six million records and she has been fortunate to have done duets with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys.

Straight from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are Coco Montrese, Jessica Wild, Nicole Paige Brooks and Phoenix who will certainly keep things spiced up.

She N She will bring their folk/Americana style to the stage. These southern women are civil rights advocates and raise awareness about equal rights within their own LGBT community.

During the week, a variety of events lead up to the Pride festival, including a transgender forum, Mr. & Miss SC Pride contest, a kick-off party, pre-party and ARunForEveryone 5K.

On the day of the festival a Pride parade will take place through downtown starting at noon.

After the parade and festival, head out to the the official after-party, AfterMath.

The festivities finish with a post-Pride picnic on Sept. 21 at the Reformation Lutheran Church, 1118 Union St. It is free and welcome to everyone.

Check the website for times and locations for the pre- and post- event happenings, as well as Pride Pass purchase, hotel accommodations and more.

Organizers are hoping to net “30,000 happy people” this year to top their 21,000 that they had in 2013.

Admission is free for the entire day’s festival. : :


Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.