Pagan Pride Day Festival set for Saturday

Pagan Pride Day logoPALMDALE – Pagans, Heathens, Druids, Wiccans and Witches will converge on Poncitlan Square Saturday for Antelope Valley Pagan Pride Day 2011.

The all-day festival, now in its 9th year, has brought out between 200 to 500 people in the past, say organizers. The event is billed as a day of fellowship, ritual and education for pagans and non-pagans alike.

“The purpose of the event is to educate people about pagans and what we believe, and to celebrate it, because there is a lot of misinformation out there,” says Lisa Morgenstern, Local Coordinator and President of the First Pantheistic Center of the Antelope Valley. Attendees will be provided literature and background on the various Pagan, Heathen and other earth centered religions.

Pagan Pride Festival will feature a host of activities, including:

  • Free workshops throughout the day, on topics such as the introduction to witchcraft, herbalism, Norse mythology, rune magic, pendant workshops and wand making.
  • Rituals, celebrations and worship put on by different groups and faiths, including a Wiccan Circle Ceremony to honor the Harvest-Autumn Equinox and a Heathen Blot ritual to honor the gods.
  • Children’s activities throughout the day, including a basic Pagan ritual led by children for all attendees at the end of the day.
  • Music and entertainment, including concerts by Deity and belly dances by Tribe.
  • And Psychic (Tarot) readings for charity.

The event will also include local artists, pagan shops and other vendors.

Pagan Pride Day Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale, and is a non-profit event open to like-minded and tolerant individuals.

In lieu of admission, organizers are asking attendees to bring nonperishable food items to support the Sunrise HIV/AIDS Food Bank. The event brought in close to 600 pounds of food last year, say organizers.

“We just want everyone to come out and have a good time,” says Morgenstern. “We have a lot of activities for people to participate in at just the cost of a couple of cans of food, so you really can’t beat that.”

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  5 comments for “Pagan Pride Day Festival set for Saturday

  1. Stacey
    September 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    It’s sad to see that ignorance still wins out with a feeble attempt to razz a group of people you clearly know nothing about. Ace Carter shame on you for your sad attempts at a laugh and horrible sense of humor. If you would of gone there would of been 76 in attendance, perhaps 76 more than the number of friends you have :)

    There is no need to see “How Christian the Christians” are because confrontation in silly when the goal is just to see a fight.

    I am pretty sure The Lovely Ms. Morgenstern will never be your trophy girl.

    And just so you know, Halloween is October 31st. Every Year. And no there was no “Pagan Food” it was just as lacking as your compassion.

    • September 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Hi, we actually had about 400 people during the day and had I not had issues getting the incredible amount of liability insurance now required for renting the Square, I would have had more attendees because we would have advertised more on the radio (PSA’s) and also in the AV Press. (who btw always publishes a blurb when I notify them). Thank YOU to the AVtimes for finding a flyer and covering the event, and the nice unbiased article they published. It was a pleasure to talk to the reporter, and he was very respectful.

      • Jennifer Boyster
        September 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        We had 336 people this year i counted them myself

  2. William
    September 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    They should have one in Lancaster on the BLVD to see how Christian the Christians are.

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