Today's weather made it a good day to celebrate in the park for Sioux Falls Gay and Lesbian community.
Hundreds showed up for the Pride celebration in McKennan Park.
KSFY News met a few people who came out to enjoy the festivities.
There was the usual, music, barbecued food and drinks that you would expect at any festival.
But many organizations set up booths to push for the issue of equality for gays and lesbians.
Which some would say, one way to change society is to get out and vote.
Twenty-three-year-old Cody Little stayed out of party politics during the last election but believes it's important everyone, including himself, registers to vote.
"I was careless and I really didn't think it was necessary. This year, I've definitely changed my mind and I'm definitely going to make sure I vote for someone I really care about," Little said.
Which is why the South Dakota Democratic party saw the Sioux Falls gay and lesbian pride celebration as a place to fight for equality.
South Dakota Democratic party interim director Zach Crago said "young people see this as an issue of the past and it's a surprise for a lot of young folks that it's something we're still fighting for today. But it's a fight that needs to be had and that's why where here today."
People from all walks of life came out to McKennan park to enjoy the festivities, while the Democratic party reached out to potential voters.
"We want to engage young voters because young voters believe in the same thing Democrats do, and there's where I think Republicans are really losing some of that youth vote. You see a lot of young folk here today and that's because equality is an issue now," Crago.
No matter which party people vote for, Cody believes registering and voting is a chance for people to make their voices heard.
"Certain laws or different issues going through that they don't realize at first that they need their help to get it through. so if not for the people that they're trying to vote in, the politicians, at least vote for one of the issues at hand," Little said.
I didn't see a Republican booth at the festival.
One woman I spoke with says she wasn't surprised but thought they might have at least set one up, just to make an appearance.
Which is why Zach tells us, he believes the democrats have an advantage with attracting younger voters.
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