Sioux Falls, South Dakota
This is the kind of thing that makes you want to go to South Dakota. Sioux Falls Pride has been rapidly expanding the last few years, and the week leading up with the 2018 parade will include an open-mic night, an arcade night, comedy, cabaret, and karaoke, plus rooftop drag bingo, drag queen story hour, and drag brunch. Das a lot, but incredibly we haven’t even gotten to one of the draws that makes Sioux Falls Pride so distinctive: Take a nighttime stroll through Falls Park, and the waterfalls will be illuminated in rainbows.
Sioux Falls, if you didn’t know, is a burgeoning arts-and-culture center, and especially in the summertime is a hub for outdoor concerts, plus literature and poetry readings. South Dakota flies somewhat under the radar as a travel destination, but it’s actually an excellent one. Yes, it is a Way Big Supermajority Republican state, but if you wanna roll into one of the nation’s best Pride celebrations while being surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the American West, Sioux Falls is the Pride for you.