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Aberdeen gearing up for city’s first Pride event Saturday

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:15 PM CDT
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ABERDEEN, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Numerous events will be taking place in South Dakota this month celebrating Pride month. And in Aberdeen, the city will have its first Pride event this weekend.

Music and karaoke will be set up outside of the Red Rooster Coffee House Saturday evening, starting at 6. Event Organizer Megan Snow said it’s surprising that Aberdeen hasn’t had an event like this before, considering how diverse and large the city is relative to the state as a whole.

“I was honestly surprised that something hadn’t been already put together, in terms of an event at all,” said Snow.

She turned to the Red Rooster to help host the event, knowing that the businesses do other events throughout the year with other organizations.

“They do so much good, and I knew that they would probably on board.”

Snow said for the city’s first Pride event, they wanted to start out small and gauge peoples’ interest. And at the same time, making sure it was accessible to those wanting to attend.

“We don’t want to plan too big and have nobody show up. So we thought it’d be best to play it safe, have a chill environment, have people come up. And just see how many people are interested. And then that way next year, hopefully, we’ll be able to do something bigger and have something that people can look forward to,” said Snow.

She said this year can be the event that makes Pride events in Aberdeen stick around and become more regular occurrences in the future.

“It’s not going to be a giant party, but it’s just people coming together and enjoying themselves. And being themselves, in an environment where they feel safe to do so,” said Snow.

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