Charleston Pride is being held in downtown Charleston for the first time this year. Events began Monday and will end with a parade and rally Saturday. For more information go to

What: Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) Symposium

When: 5:45 p.m. Wednesday reception and cash bar; screening of “Breaking Through” documentary begins at 6:15 p.m.

Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard

What: Takeover Charleston, DIG in the Park

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Park Circle, North Charleston

What: Pride Festival Meet & Greet

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: AquaTerrace Bar, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

What: Pride Parade

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Charleston; parade will start on Ann Street and continue down King Street to Broad Street and end at Colonial Lake. Viewing is recommended on King Street.

What: Pride Rally

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brittlebank Park, downtown Charleston

What: Compass, The Official Pride After Party, featuring Detox from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Spikey Van Dykey and DJ Kelly DeFazio

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

What: Brunch is a Drag

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Joe Pasta, 428 King St.