- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Sioux Falls Pride Festival that celebrates those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community kicks off in South Dakota’s largest city this weekend.

The festival is one of many around the nation hosted in June. Festival Chairman Thomas Christiansen tells KDLT-TV the event aims to celebrate the LGBT community but also raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice.

Christiansen says they added beer and puppies to the festival this year.

Organizers say more than 2,000 people from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska came to the festival last year.

The festival comes just before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected rule on whether same-sex couples can legally wed.

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