Just a few years ago, a Confederate flag flew atop the South Carolina statehouse. Now, rainbow flag banners line the streets of downtown Columbia along the parade route for SC Pride’s Sept. 4 parade. In a state that has dealt with blatant racism in government just 10 years ago, the banners signify more than just a parade route.
SC Pride organizers were allowed to place the banners on light posts along Main and Gervais streets in downtown Columbia during the festival, according to event organizers. SC Pride is a week-long festival running from Aug. 29 - Sept. 6.