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.”
For more information on Pagan Pride Day Festival 2011, visit www.fpcav.org.