by David Poteat
My name is David Poteat, and I am proud be the Entertainment Coordinator for the 2016 Upstate Pride March & Festival.
I have attended Upstate Pride every year since it's inception in 2009. I have held a position on the board of directors for just over a year.
To me, Pride is an event that I look forward to with great excitement. This year, we are proud to welcome back Patti O'Furniture as our hostess and emcee. Patti has long been a champion for equality in the state of South Carolina.
We are pleased to welcome Joiè back to our stage as one of the featured musical acts in this year's lineup. Many will remember Joiè from previous festivals.
We are excited to have our Mr. & Ms. Upstate Pride 2016 -- Big Poppah Cherry and Princess Mocha -- joining us on stage this year to delight attendees with their incredible artform of male and female impersonation.
2016 has delighted us with the unexpected pleasure of welcoming Synergy to our stage, too! Synergy is made up of identical twins Jeff and Stephen Neil. They have entertained crowds around the world with their amazing covers of today's most popular music played on dual electric violins.
We will also have some of the Upstate's most talented local performers gracing our stage to provide you with what promises to be a delightful and memorable experience for the entire family.
I know that I can't wait until September 10th and look forward to seeing you all at this year's festival.