Close to 7,000 people from across South Carolina (and even some from North Carolina and Georgia!) gathered Sept. 12, 2009, in Columbia’s Finlay Park for the 20th anniversary celebration of SC Pride.

President Ryan Wilson (pictured) presided over his last year as head honcho of the statewide Pride group. He’ll step down as planning and organizing begins to ramp up for SC Pride’s 2010 celebration.

Sponsors of the event included: The City of Columbia, Richland County, WXRY 99.3 FM, Carolina Purple Pages, OnQ Carolina Edition, Amro Worldwide, Q-Notes, Marriott Columbia, David and Southern Voice, MTV’s LOGO, Time Warner Cable and others.

Read Q-Notes’ Sept. 5 feature story, “Two decades and counting.”

Or, check out photos from the event.