As the Puget Sound gears up for its own Pagan Pride celebration, other celebrations take place world wide. Pagan Pride season runs from about August through October of every year and is celebrated world wide. On September 28, 2013 Lexington Ky. held its Pagan Pride Day event and told their local news station, WTVQ, that they are working toward erasing misconceptions about Paganism. This theme is similar to the Central Puget Sound Pagan Pride event that will take place next Saturday at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma and in Pagan Pride events world wide.
Like the Pagans in Lexington, Pagans here in the Puget Sound are also met with the complications of people not understanding what a Pagan is and making their own assumptions. Pagan Pride Day events are all about opening doors between Pagans and those from other beliefs in order to educate the public and help to establish a better understand of what Paganism actually is. Some attend a Pagan Pride Day event in order to gain knowledge about what Paganism is, some happen upon the events and are pleasantly surprised, some show up in support of their Pagan friends, family, and coworkers and yes, some do show up with the intention of proving that Pagans are dark, evil, devil worshipers but they leave empty handed.
If you would like to attend a Pagan Pride Day event please visit the Pagan Pride Project website to find your local chapter. Should you be located in the Puget Sound, you will find the Central Puget Sound Pagan Pride Day event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Freighthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can expect to see a large variety of vendors, entertainers, three rituals, and workshops galore. The event, as all Pagan Pride Day events, is free of charge, but they will be collecting items for a local food bank so make sure to bring some non-perishable items with you for a donation.
The most recent schedule for the event is as follows:
11:00 – 11:30 - Bellydance
11:30 - 12:00 - Opening Ritual- Grey School
12:00 – 1:00 - Workshop: Elemental Meditation
1:00 – 2:00 - Workshop: History of Herb Use
1:30 – 2:00 - Bellydance
2:00 - 2:30 - Midday Ritual - COBM Church
2:30 – 3:00 - Workshop: Pagans in the Military
3:00 - 3:30 - Workshop: Element
3:30 – 4:00 - Workshop: Primal Paganism (with Heather Marseillan)
4:00 – 5:00 - Drum Circle - BT Rhythm
4:30 – 5:00 - Workshop: Shadow Magic
5:00 - 5:30 - Closing Ritual - Hawk's Hearth Kindred
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