Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

September 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 25, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "approximately 200 people gathered at the first Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day on Sunday at 100 Acre House on 100 Acre Drive. Some women at the Pagan picnic proudly identified themselves as witches. Others said they practiced Wicca, the 'Old Religion' based on pre-Christian religious practices of the Irish, English, French or Italians. Some Pagans base their beliefs on the practices of Druids and ancient Celtic-based beliefs. 'Pagan' covers a wide swatch of religious beliefs that predate the time of Jesus Christ. Pagans tolerate and encourage a wide array of religious beliefs within their own ranks and advocate tolerance for all beliefs. There were no black cats or broomsticks. There were no bloody rituals or animal sacrifices. The only blood in evidence was the 23 units of blood donated to the Central Blood Bank, which sent its staff and van."