The Pagan Pride Project is a an initiative to educate the public on Pagan religions. "Pagan" is a broad spectrum term that may include a variety of religions or paths, just as Christianity has many denominations. Some better-known Pagan religions include (but are not limited to): Wicca, Druidry, Asatru or Heathenism, eclectic Paganism, Shamanism, Women's Spirituality, Native American Spirituality, High Magick, and some forms of earth-based Unitarianism (the "Sixth Source".)
Pagan Pride Okanagan takes place in the Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada. In 2013 our celebration will be at Cenotaph Park in Vernon, BC, on Saturday, August 30th.
Our Primary Activity:
All over the world, local coordinators host public Pagan Pride celebrations. In 2008, the window for celebrations is August 9 to October 19 -- see our Event Policies for more information. Read more about what we have done in the Pagan Pride Project history and the News Section and Press Releases.
Are we associated with the Pagan Pride ribbon campaign?
What happens at an event?
At a minimum, the Pagan Pride celebration in your area will involve three main activities:
1. Public ritual:
A public gathering where Pagans can network with each other and celebrate an Autumn Equinox ritual.
2. Food drive:
A food drive or other charitable activity, to share our abundant harvest with others in need, and to make a clear statement to those who have misconceptions about Paganism. We know that our ethics, based on concern for ecology, personal responsibility, and individual freedom, mean that we feel strongly called to actions of social responsibility. It is important for us to highlight our similarity to other religions in that regard.
3. Press releases:
Press releases and media coverage of our events in order to present the truth about Paganism to our communities, refute common misconceptions, and draw political attention to Paganism in order to try to prevent legislative discrimination against Pagans.
Other possible activities:
Along with these three primary activities, many areas have chosen to add other events and make the gathering a full festival, with merchant booths, music, book-signings, workshops, and other activities.
Have you been successful?
For a summary of the success of our events, read the History
Check out this Video of Hamilton Pagan Pride to get an idea of the kinds of things we do!
Pagan Pride Okanagan supports the Vernon Food Bank and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure. We invite all participants to please bring one non-perishable food item for the food bank. If you want to donate to Sable's Run for the Cure Team Pirates for the Cure, just click on the link or bring your donation to the event.