Pagan Pride Day Sept. 27

September 25, 2008

Author: Bryan Rourke

Source: The Providence Journal

Get your broom out of the closet, and maybe yourself, too. Saturday is Rhode Island Pagan Pride Day.

Make way for witches, and heathens, too.

“A lot of Pagans are not out of the closet, so to speak,” says Jane Driscoll or Woonsocket, coordinator of the event. “They are afraid of retribution in the workplace.”

Well at Pagan Pride Day there’s strength in numbers, and in workshops, vendors and live music. More than 300 people are expected to attend the all-day event in Johnston War Memorial Park.

This is the eighth year for the event in the state, and the 10th year in the country, with now 130 celebration sites. It’s an opportunity, organizers say, for Pagans to celebrate their beliefs, and to be with other Pagans.

“There is fellowship,” Driscoll says. “They know they have a place to come where there are lots of kindred spirits and they won’t be judged.”