SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Upstate Pride SC will hold its 2015 March & Festival, “Peace, Love, Pride,” on Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Barnet Park, 248 E. St. John St.

In its seventh year, the annual event is free and open to the community.

“We’ve always been a family-friendly event,” Keith Keppley, Upstate Pride SC president, said.

The parade will begin at noon and return to the park at its completion.

Food, entertainment and guest speakers will be on hand to keep the celebration going.

Participants are welcome to bring camp chairs and blankets to the park. Additionally, many vendors may not accept credit/debit cards, so bring cash in preparation for purchases. And, smoking is not allowed on the park premises.

The official after party will be held at Club South 29, 9112 Warren H. Abernathy Hwy., in Spartanburg, S.C.

Vendor space is still available for businesses and organizations, as well as sponsorships for the event. It is also searching for entertainers for its Zimmerli Amphitheatre stage.Information is available online.

info: upstatepridesc.org. advpubrelations@upstatepridesc.org.

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