Curiosity Coffee sets up for the S.C. Pride poetry reading. (Photo by Ariel Meriwether/Carolina News and Reporter)

S.C. Pride each year hosts a week-long series of events for the LGBTQ+ community in the state. 

Here’s a list of events this week designed to celebrate pride and diversity in Columbia:

Oct. 17: Our Queer Histories – Poetry Readings with Historic Columbia

Historic Columbia and S.C. Pride came together Tuesday night for a poetry session that explored LGBTQ+ history and experiences. 

The event featured a reading by professor Ed Madden, an American poet, activist and Director of Women and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. 

Attendees received a free copy of the Writing Our Queer Histories booklet comprised of Madden’s poetry. 

This event was held at Curiosity Coffee Bar from 6-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: Pride Night at the Nick

S.C. Pride brings the drag scene to the heart of Columbia with a screening of Paris is Burning, a documentary on New York’s drag scene in the 1980s.

Drag is a type of artistic gender expression that is used as a form of entertainment in the queer community. 

A Rocky Horror Picture Show-style drag show will follow the screening. The cult classic film follows a psychedelic journey with wild and unique characters. 

This event will take place at the Nickelodeon Theater on Main Street. The screening will begin at 6 p.m. and the drag show will start at 8 p.m.

Oct. 19: Pre-Festival Party at PTs 1109

Pride weekend will begin with a Pre-Festival at PT’s 1109, an entertainment club, at 9 p.m. Thursday. 

The night will consist of a Pride Kickoff Party Talent Search at 10 p.m. with performances and a chance to win a cash prize. 

Talent show participants must sign up by 9:30 p.m. backstage.

Oct. 20: Get Lit Night Parade & Concert

The annual S.C. Pride Parade festivities start at 6 p.m. with a street party, followed by the parade and concert at the end. 

The parade will start at Main and Laurel streets at 7 p.m., ending with a dance party. 

S.C. Pride encourages visitors to bring colorful floats, cars and outfits for anyone attending. 

Oct. 21: Pride Festival & Aftermath

The pride parade celebrations continue Saturday on Main Street starting at noon. 

Oct. 22: Pride Picnic and Church Service & Drag Brunch

A Sunday worship service and Pride Picnic will be held at Reformation Lutheran Church in North Columbia at 10 a.m. Pride President Dylan Gunnels will give the sermon.

S.C. Pride hosts a poetry reading on Oct. 17 (Provided by Famously Hot South Carolina Pride/Carolina News and Reporter)