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SF PRIDE FESTIVAL & PRIDE EVENTS

MAIN EVENT

Park Festival: Saturday, June 16th 2018, 12-6PM

Terrace Park: 1100 West 4th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Cost: FREE

More info: siouxfallspride.org | #SuFuPride

Sioux Falls Pride is a vibrant diverse community celebration that honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) culture. Sioux Falls Pride has grown from around 500 around 15 years ago to nearly 9,000 attendees last year. Sioux Falls Pride hopes that numbers continue to grow as events, volunteer opportunities and community partnerships increase.

Sioux Falls Pride 2018 has expanded its month long line up of events that take place all over the city, planned entirely by volunteers and local businesses. All events are low cost, or free to participate with most for all ages.

See full list here

Weekend list of events with time and location:

  • Friday June 15
    Rooftop Drag Bingo starting @5PM at Club David
    $1 per card to play, 21+
    Friday Night Chalk starting @6PM at JAM Art & Supplies
    Free, Family Friendly

  • Saturday June 16

    • Drag Queen Storytime @10AM at the DTSF Library
      Family Friendly, Free

    • Pride in the Park @12PM-6PM in Terrace Park
      90 vendors, 7 food vendors, 6 hours of entertainment
      Free, Family Friendly
      Full park schedule

    • Rainbow Con Pub Crawl starting @5PM at various DTSF bars
      Cost Varies, 21+

    • Rainbow the Falls @Sundown at Falls Park
      Free, Family Friendly

    • Official Sioux Falls Pride After Party @9PM at Club David
      $10 or $20 per ticket, 21+

  • Sunday June 17

Sioux Falls Pride would not be possible without our sponsors! Thank you.

Please find our entire 2018 Sponsor list here.

It only took 7 years and 8 months, but Mayor Huether now supports LGBT rights

Okay, that isn’t fair. He did try to monkey around with some executive orders a few years ago. While I think it is great he signed on with this program, I will also say it is easy to support controversial social issues when you have one foot out the door. That’s Mike, always ‘Getting stuff done’.

Thank You Mayor Huether for the Pride!

We got a phone call saying “Let’s go to Sioux Falls Pride Celebration. Oh, and don’t forget your camera.” So it was off to Terrace Park to enjoy the meandering quartzite pathways and all the people who showed up to enjoy a beautiful day in the sun.

Mayor Mike had to give a proclamation to start off the events and because no one else was likely to let you hear it, we give it to you.

Enjoy the video as we enjoyed our time in the park.

UPDATE: Withdrawing the Transgender ordinance the right thing to do, for now

UPDATE: There was a fantastic story tonight online of the Argus about the openness of city councilor Greg Neitzert;

Greg Neitzert has been the City Council’s most vocal critic of a pair of failed proposals to expand city anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people.

His willingness to listen to a different point of view, though, won him praise Tuesday night before the controversial votes.

Sioux Falls city councilors have been reluctant to talk publicly about whether or not they think transgender people should be included in local anti-discrimination rules.

Neitzert has expressed concerns about the impact on private businesses, landlords and religious organizations, but a Sioux Falls transgender women lauded him for his compassion and thoughtfulness.

“Greg is the most open-minded person I’ve ever seen on Council. All y’all other ones never reached out to me,” Sierra Broussard said Tuesday at Carnegie Town Hall.

She said in the weeks leading up to this week’s controversial decision to indefinitely delay measures to bolster the city’s anti-discrimination rules, she sought dialogue with all eight city councilors. Neitzert was the lone councilor to spend time speaking with her.

As I told people while campaigning for Greg, he has a high level of integrity combined with intelligence. Two thumbs up!

The Sioux Falls city council pulled the (poorly drafted) ordinance tonight. When you have an actual transgender show up to the meeting and say it is poorly written, what more can you say?

Do I support anti-discrimation language being added to our city ordinances? Sure. But with everything transformational it must be vetted and an education process must be had. I felt sorry for the city council tonight, they were put in a crappy corner.

I told a person after the meeting that if you put each councilor in a room individually, and asked them to define transgender, they would all give a different answer.

Doing the right thing takes time folks, that’s why gay marriage and eventually marijuana legalization nationwide took as long as it did. We need to have people understand something before we can get them to go along with it. Forcing the city council to approve something they don’t understand isn’t fair to them or the community, or quite frankly fair to transgenders.

These things take time, to work through our courts and the halls of government. Let it be vetted fully, then we can truly celebrate diversity and equality. I love activism and free speech, but sometimes you have to know when to keep your mouth shut, it may just work in your favor.