Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Pagan Event Reviews

[Show all]


Views: 2,991,752


Year: 2016 ...

Daughters of The Moon: Running With The Crones


Year: 2015 ...

Between the Worlds and Sacred Space Conference 2015

St. Louis Pagan Picnic 2015


Year: 2014 ...

Sacred Space Conference


Year: 2013 ...

Sacred Space Conference

Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths

Houston Pagan Conference 2013


Year: 2012 ...

Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference

Spring Mysteries Festival XXVII

Mabon with Blackberry Circle

Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)

NorthWest Fall Equinox Festival (NWFEF) 2012 (Review)


Year: 2011 ...

Sacred Space Celebrates Twenty-one Years!

Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom

St. Louis Pagan Picnic


Year: 2010 ...

Sacred Space Conference

Free Spirit Gathering

Summerfest 2010 (Festival Review)


Year: 2008 ...

The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet

Magickel Hibernation


Year: 2007 ...

4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual and Chesapeake Pagan Community Summer Gathering

Sirius Rising 2007: Making Connections

Starwood 2007

Louisville Pagan Pride Day


Year: 2006 ...

Southeast Women's Herbal Conference

Canadian National Pagan Conference

Sirius Rising 2006

Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering: Dancing with Devas 2006

Brazilian Mabon Celebration in Săo Paulo

Hellfire Caves Ritual

Beltaine 2006: A Pagan Odyssey


Year: 2005 ...

Tara Summer Solstice 2005

Starwood XXV: Feelin' the Love

Sirius Rising 2005: Restoring the Balance

Inner Mysteries Intensive with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone


Year: 2004 ...

Between the Worlds: A Grand Magickal Congress

Starfest 2004


Year: 2003 ...

Pagan Pride: San Francisco

Third Annual Witches Meeting

Texas Religious Freedom Circle


Year: 2002 ...

CMA Beltaine 2002 Festival

Beltaine in the Lone STAR State

Sirius Rising 2002 (3)


Year: 2001 ...

SouthEastern Spirit Gathering 2001

PhoenixPhyre Gathering 2001


Year: 2000 ...

Free Spirit Gathering 2000

PhoenixPhyre Gathering 2000 (1)

Heartland 2000

PhoenixPhyre Gathering 2000 (2)

PhoenixPhyre Gathering 2000 (3)

PhoenixPhyre Gathering 2000 (4)


Year: 1999 ...

Heartland 1999

Phoenixphyre '99

Ancient Ways Gathering 99

AutumnMeet 1999 (1)

Free Spirit Gathering 1999

Heartland 1999

AutumnMeet 1999 (2)

AutumnMeet 1999 (3)


Year: 1998 ...

Heartland 1998

Autumnmeet 1998


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 12157

VoxAcct: 163323

Section: festivals

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 4,427

Times Read: 6,837

RSS Views: 46,143
Louisville Pagan Pride Day

Author: Rev Snow Wolf
Posted: October 28th. 2007
Times Viewed: 6,837
Sponsored by: Louisville Pagan Pride Day
Location: Louisville, KY
Event Date(s): 09/27/07
Attendance: 150

Where is the Pride in Pagan Pride?

This is the story of the first (and the second) Pagan Pride Day in Louisville, Kentucky. I arrived at the first Pagan Pride Day some time in the mid-afternoon. It was a grey, cool, and windy day, as a storm would be coming in later that day. I really did not know what to expect of our very first Pagan Pride Day.

I walked across the parking lot where the first festival was held - under the broad and noisy overpass going into Indiana. As I approached, the event it looked a lot like a bazaar. People were shuffling from booth to booth, which were mostly Pagan stores from what I saw.

After I figured out that we had entered from the back of the event, I spilt up from my wife and our roommate and made my way to the sign-in booth. I, dropped off my food donation, and signed the guest book after receiving my raffle ticket.

I also introduced myself to Mike Avery, who put the whole thing together. He noticed that I was wearing a camera bag and asked me if I would take photos for the event. I happily agreed. It would be a good thing to do for the community and also, as an ulterior motive, it would be positive publicity for my coven.

I started to walk around, and look for a good starting place. I found one and pulled out my camera. I then noticed that everyone was actively looking away from me.

I thought it was just my imagination but, oh, boy! When I brought that camera up to my eye to take a picture, I saw nothing but people’s backs. Again, I ignored it for the first few minutes but then I started testing my theory out.

I hid the camera from view then quickly drew it back up, that’s when I saw a few people whirl around to avoid me. I know they were not looking at shops because I waited for people that were in the middle of the street.

That’s right. They turned to face an empty street just so they would not have their picture taken.

I decided from that point on that I would just take pictures of the vendor’s signs and the products that they brought with them. In all honesty, I just did not feel good about taking the photos at this point.

We left Pagan Pride Day shortly after I took a few photos and, afterwards, went to a local Pagan store called Nature’s Magic. I thought about that day for the next few weeks. I was so annoyed that people would come to a Pagan PRIDE Day and be afraid to have their picture taken. I ranted about this in my Pagan Podcast and then let it go.

Fast-forward one year and the second Pagan Pride Day has rolled around. I thought, well this one should be better then the last one, right? I woke up around 11 AM and then nudged my wife to wake up as well. We basically didn’t get out the door until 12:30 PM.

Luckily, before we left home, I checked the website to see if it had moved, which it had.
We got there around 1:30 PM after much trial and error in finding the event.

I immediately went to find Mike after speaking with the Pagan Student Union of Western Kentucky University. I found him at the front of the event. I had come in the back yet again.

This time I asked him if it was okay if I took pictures for the website. He told me that it would be fine to say I was taking pictures on behalf of Pagan Pride Day and I, at least, was proud of that.

However, I wasn’t the only one. I noticed a big difference. This year’s event was amazing. It took place next to the Ohio River. It was so close to the river, there was an actual stairway to the docks in the middle of the row of booths. There was seating that reminded me of a Greek Amphitheater. It was set back in the hill stretching all the way around the event.

Again, there was a straight line of booths, but this year it was much more then merchants. There were almost as many Information Booths as there were Merchant Booths this year.

There was a stage where people were performing. There was a drumming circle next to the stage where anyone with a drum was invited to come and play. Later that day the stage would play host to the most beautiful belly dancing show I have ever seen.

After that show, I took several pictures of happy people. Then, I stopped and looked around. Then I saw it...pride…pride to be a Pagan. People were laughing, smiling, and asking me to take their picture before I even asked them. I felt at home here with these people whom I have never met before. All felt like family. That is what it should be like at a Pagan Pride Day event.

So, I asked the question in the title “Where is the Pride in Pagan Pride?” The answer?

It’s right here in Louisville, Kentucky, where we are going to let it grow year after glorious year.





Footnotes:
http://louisvillepaganpride.org/


Copyright: Snow Wolf



ABOUT...

Rev Snow Wolf


Location: Tonawanda, New York

Website: http://www.mythicsoftware.com

Author's Profile: To learn more about Rev Snow Wolf - Click HERE




Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Rev Snow Wolf... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Rev Snow Wolf ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2019





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2019 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections
(including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.)
are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc.
TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2019










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).