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Pagan Pride: Safety Harbor, Florida

Author: Ann Marie
Posted: September 21st. 2002
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Location: Safety Harbor, Florida
Event Date(s): September. 7th, 2002

A beautiful day dawned on September 7; it was the type of Florida day that reminded you that it was soon to be fall, where the temperatures would dip into the high 80's instead of high 90's. There was a flurry of activity in Pagan households from Palm Bay to Pinellas County. Pagans getting ready for the drive to Philippe Park in Safety Harbor. Last minute touches were being put on pies and cakes, pots of chili were brewing, and the Pagan Pride committee was double checking their last minute to do lists and packing their Altar. Lots of hard work went into advertising by Lady Madelena, Rob and MoonRaven.

Pagans began to descend upon the park at around 10 AM. MoonRaven, the chairperson, Falonmoon, and Jami with the goodies for the Children's activities, our Guest speaker, Roger Paraselsu Coleman, and the elders Arwwen, Ardieth, Fred and Dreaming Owl were all early arrivals. There were calls and hugs of hello every time a new car pulled into the parking lot and people were helping those struggling with lawn chairs and coolers make their way to the pavilion. Information booths dotted the lawn, metaphysical shops and merchants, Florida Pagan Gathering and Greensong Grove each offered information on Paganism and their store or group.

Paul and some of the other men in the community took turns cooking hot dogs and stirring chili pots. Pagans, family, and friends sipped tea, munched hot dogs and goodies throughout the day. The children made wands, bird feeders, colored, giggled and ran around on the grass. The older children, (the rest of us) sat in the shade, took a walk to the Indian mound, sat by the Bay and talked of Festivals, rituals, and fun we had shared. Those of us who have been around a while told of funny stories and events we had shared in the past, newer friends and first timers talked about how they heard about the event and told us about themselves.

Fred is such a magickal Keeper of the land, he set the circle and with a simple ball of twine and twigs, he created a pentagram and circle. The energy was awesome when he set the Safety teams staffs at the four cardinal points. Candi and I wrote the ritual. It was a combined effort of many of the local groups and the elders. Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus sang in the quarters and sang for us while we were all building a grapevine and yarn web of Pagan Unity during the ritual. Rose did a great job of assisting to keep the wreath moving in our circle of about 150 proud pagans.

Ritual was closed with a passing of the wand ceremony from MoonRaven to Val, who is our Pagan Pride Coordinator for 2003. She has already had offers to help for next year.

The safety team. With Scotty as team leader, and the medical team, with Paul as team leader were thrilled that their day was uneventful day and they were able to join in the fun of the Pagan Pride festivities.

Around sunset a troop of tired and happy Pagans began to pack up and clean up. Hugs were exchanged and plans to get together more often were made, and with the upcoming festival season upon us here in Florida, those are not idle promises.

Ann Marie

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