The Charleston Pride Festival has announced its theme for this year: “Lighting the Path to Progress.”

The nonprofit in charge of the event hopes the theme will spotlight Charleston as one of the world's most progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender destinations around the world.

The festival is scheduled to run July 12-15. The activities planned include the Art for Pride Artwalk, LGBT Film Festival, a Pageant, Pride Dance Party, Pride Rally at Riverfront Park and Pride Parade at Park Circle and the legendary Big Gay Beach Day at Folly Beach.

A detailed list of activities is expected soon.

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