Pagan Pride: Pinellas Florida
Article ID: 6756
Age Group: Adult
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Posted: October 12th. 2003
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Location: Pinellas, Florida
Event Date(s): September 27, 2003
On September 27th 2003 Bay area Pagans showed their community spirit at the third annual Pinellas Pagan Pride. The event took place at the England Brother's Band shell next to the Pinellas Park City Hall. The day started early and a little damp as vendors and information providers set up their spaces before the afternoon heat caused everyone to seek out a comfortable piece of shade. A slight breeze kept the heat of the day from being uncomfortably hot. Many of the patrons stopped by the hot dog vendor and grabbed a quick bite or a cold beverage.
Several people cooled off throughout the day by volunteering to be the target in the Wet-A-Witch booth, a light hearted fund raiser using sponges and lots of cool water. In the midst of the vendors pumpkins and Halloween buckets blanketed several tables for the teacup raffle, with lots of donated goodies available for the fortunate. The two event fundraisers were able to raise over 600 dollars to help offset the costs of the festivities.
Community workshops were presented on a range of topics and were all well attended. In the midst of the day the Shinning Wheel Pagan Chorus took the stage. The SWPC entertained the crowd with a combination of old favorites and new material. The final workshop of the day was a drumming demonstration which raised quite a bit of energy before the main ritual.
The main ritual took place in the middle of the park as the late afternoon sun shined above. The altar was beautifully attired in the abundance of the season with many fruits and vegetables in evidence. The Main ritual emphasized this time of transitions. Within the context of the rite, the Young God and Goddess of the Spring and Summer relinquished their crown to the mature God and Goddess of the Fall and Winter. The ritual closed with an opportunity for all in the community to offer a toast to the occasion.
According to city estimates, the event was attended by approximately 500 to 600 people throughout the day. Pinellas Park officials were impressed by both the orderliness and the cleanliness of the event . CASA House, a local women's shelter, received over 600lbs of food donated by the event attendees. Plans are already in the works to make next year's event even bigger and better still. Mark your calendars for September 4th 2004 (September 18th will be the rain date) Same Pagan Time, Same Pagan Location.
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