Sioux Falls Pride first took place in mid-2000 and was then, hosted by the Center for Equality in Sioux Falls. The Center for Equality, now just known as Sioux Falls Pride; was the leading LGBT focused non-profit organization that provided services, support and advocated for the LGBT community of Sioux Falls and surrounding areas. In addition to community services, the Center for Equality also worked alongside organizations like the ACLU of South Dakota to defeat anti-LGBT legislation like HB 1008 which targeted transgender youth in South Dakota.
A passion for kindness, inclusion and dedication. Sioux Falls Pride had humble beginnings with the first festival welcoming around 1,000 patrons. Over the last several years the festival has grown to welcome nearly 10,000 visitors from all over the region. In addition to growth in attendance, Sioux Falls Pride has expanded festival offerings by growing family-friendly events, adding in Pride Week and diversifying marketing and community engagement efforts. In the last year, multiple local businesses have even started their own Sioux Falls Pride events.