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SC Pride Festival and Parade celebrates inclusion

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Supporters lined the streets of downtown Columbia Saturday for the 24th Annual SC Pride Festival and Parade.

Hundreds donned brightly colored clothes while waving a rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride.

"The march became a movement, and the movement began to see that visibility and direct action mattered," according to the South Carolina Pride website.

"Sleepy little old Columbia didn't think it had any gay people till it saw them in the streets," says Harriet Hancock, one of the organizers of the first march.

She insists that Columbia would not have passed a non-discrimination employment policy as early as it did, had it not been for the march.  She explains, "The march started the conversation."

This year's theme was "A Part Not Apart."

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