Aberdeen Celebrates Pride This June

Aberdeen Celebrates Pride This June

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The Solidarity Walk is a chance for people to come together and share their stories. Photos courtesy of John Schwab. 
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President John Schwab kicks off the festivities at the Opening Remarks.

Aberdeen Area Pride’s 2023 Pride Festival festivities will kick off on June 2 this year. 

The weekend is packed full of activities for all ages. On Friday, the Opening Remarks will be held at the Red Rooster Coffee house and will be followed by karaoke and a video game tournament. 

Saturday’s events will begin at Aldrich Park with a Solidarity Walk to the Outdoor Festival, which includes vendors and live music on Main Street. Two drag shows are also scheduled. The Red Rooster will host the All Ages Drag Show at 3:00 PM, and an 18+ show at City Lights Bar & Grill will begin at 8:00 PM. 

The festival will conclude on Sunday with a Drag Brunch at the Red Rooster. 

“Our goal is to plan more events for all demographics,” said President John Schwab. “We host events all year long, and we are always looking to plan more.” 

New events including a dinner theater production, art show, and a comedy night have all been added since the group was founded. 

Aberdeen Area Pride was founded in 2021 by Megan Snow. They connected with Dan Cleberg, owner of the Red Rooster, and organized their first Pride event. Their goal was to raise awareness about injustices against LGBTQ+ individuals in South Dakota while also celebrating members of the community. //—Annie Scott

For more information, visit linktr.ee/aberdeenareapride.