Orders from our store are filled weekly by our dedicated volunteers. Please allow 7-10 days to receive your order.


For media inquiries, or follow up questions to statements, please contact Marketing Director Rachel Polan at rachel.p@siouxfallspride.org or send a text to 605-681-6630. 

Release Date: 

June 5th, 2024

Sioux Falls Pride Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride
With Events June 5th-9th

Sioux Falls, SD. Sioux Falls Pride will be hosting their annual parade and festival on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. The parade will commence at 10:00 a.m. CST and travel from 8th Street at Dakota Avenue to Reid Street at 8th & Railroad Center. Previous reports of the parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. are incorrect. 

The Pride Festival will be at the Sioux Falls Stadium, AKA The Birdcage, and will begin officially at 12:00 p.m. Attendees looking for a calmer, quieter experience at the festival are welcome to arrive at the festival between 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for sensory friendly hours. 

The festival entertainment begins at 12:00 p.m. with the National Anthem sung by the Rainbow Chorus of Sioux Falls, followed by some short announcements & welcome from Sioux Falls Pride. Drag shows, musical performances, and drag storytime are also scheduled throughout the afternoon. All stage entertainment at the festival is family-friendly. Attendee seating will be available in the stands and on the field. The festival will conclude at 5:00 p.m.

Family-friendly events scheduled throughout the week include:

Pride Skate Night at Skate City on Thursday June 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Family Bingo at Game Chest on Friday June 7th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Pride Yoga in the Park with Root to Rise Sunday June 9th at the Levitt (Time TBA)

Adults 21+ are invited to attend events throughout the weekend at Club David and DaDa Gastropub, including:

  • Drag Bingo from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Club David
  • “Gay A.F.”  with VeauxDevil Cabaret starting at 9:00 p.m. on Friday at Club David, Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with a $10 Cover Charge
  • “Best of the Midwest” on Saturday at 6pm at Club David
  • Official Sioux Falls Pride Afterparty featuring Candi Stratton, Tokio Night, and Martina Shakers on Saturday starting at 9:00 p.m. with a rotating cast at both Club David and DaDa Gastropub, Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with $20 Cover Charge. 

The Drag Brunch at CRAVE advertised earlier in the month has been canceled due to low ticket sales. The organization hopes to bring the event back in the future.

Sioux Falls Pride Official Statement
Float Denial & Safety at Pride 2023

Sioux Falls Pride Statement Regarding “Rescue the Perishing” Organization and Safety at June 10th Events

Sioux Falls, SD -- 

On April 25th, 2023, Sioux Falls Pride Parade Coordinator & Board Secretary Cody Ingle received a message from Paul Dorr, the leader of an organization called Rescue the Perishing. The message was an inquiry as to whether his organization would be allowed to have an entry in the Sioux Falls Pride Parade that would, in his words,  include banners “publicly confessing and repenting to God and younger generations our sins of indifference to the sexual revolution the past two generations.”

Sioux Falls Pride’s mission includes: “Serv[ing] the LGBTQIA2S+ community in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas by fostering growth, inclusivity and equality to our proud members and allies.” (Full mission statement at https://www.siouxfallspride.org/pages/our-mission-and-history )

Since Paul’s request was directly in contradiction with the Sioux Falls Pride organizational mission, his request was politely denied. The transcripts of the conversation are attached below this statement for transparency.

On Thursday, June 8th, Paul contacted Interim President Jimmy Diaz, Secretary Cody Ingle, and Marketing Director Rachel Polan via email requesting a statement on what he called “Operation Elimination” and “organized efforts to shoot/kill Christians”.

After looking into the information Paul shared, Marketing Director Polan declined to make a statement, saying:

 “Since there is no substantive proof of ‘Operation Elimination’ nor organizing within our community to kill anyone, Sioux Falls Pride does not have a statement at this time.”

Paul replied to this message with a request for condemnation of a specific t-shirt that he had included photos of in his first message. The shirt, likely created by the Trans Radical Activist Network, featured the words “Trans Rights … or Else” above and below several images of rifles/gun silhouettes printed in light blue, light pink, and white color. 

Sioux Falls Pride did not respond to this request as Polan had previously addressed this shirt in their email, saying: 

“Due to first amendment rights, we cannot regulate how people dress. Sioux Falls Pride is not selling or promoting this design.”

A request for comment on a statement issued by Paul Dorr was received the morning of June 9th. The statement accused Sioux Falls Pride of being “heterophobic” among other accusations. 

Sioux Falls Pride welcomes people of all identities that support the queer community. Mr. Dorr’s accusations do not account for his own homophobia, transphobia, and religious extremism. He clearly stated that his intention was to evangelize for his religious beliefs during our festival, and spread bigotry under the guise of prayer. His message and mission runs directly counter to that of Sioux Falls Pride, and our organization has exerted our right to refuse service (the service in this case being parade entry) to his organization. 

Additionally, Dorr’s argument for inclusion was based on the idea that our organizers do not believe in his religion. Freedom of religion, including the freedom not to practice a religion, is a constitutional right. 

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Dorr has opted to exert his freedom of assembly with his fellow “boomer Christian men” at the Sioux Falls Pride Parade. Our organization would like to ask all attendees to please put their own safety first and not engage with this group. They will likely attempt to engage attendees in conversation and hand out papers, especially to young people. If you feel unsafe at any time due to this group or anyone else, please report the situation to the private security hired for the event or event coordinators. 


The Sioux Falls Pride Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 8th and Railroad Center from 11am-5pm. The Pride Parade is scheduled at 10am and will travel down 8th Street from Dakota Avenue to the 8th and Railroad Center. 

Link to Email Communications between Sioux Falls Pride and Paul Dorr

Recent Press Releases:

SFP Statement on Tennessee School Shooting -- Click here to download the full statement.

SFP Statement  on HB 1080 -- Click to Download

Response to Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese Policies -- Click to Download

Safety at Pride 2022 -- Click to Download