Okanagan pagans celebrate their pride

Vernon’s Cenotaph Park is the site of a celebration as Okanagan pagans come out to educate, inform, and celebrate their pride.

  • Aug. 28, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Vernon’s Cenotaph Park will once again be the site of a celebration as Okanagan pagans come out to educate, inform, and celebrate their pride, Saturday, Aug. 31.

Local coordinators Anari Houston and Diane Morrison invite the public to come and learn about earth-based and animist faiths such as wicca, voodoo, druidry, heathenism and more.

The pagan pride movement began in 1998 as a public awareness movement with 18 events in the first year (17 in the U.S. and one in Canada.) Last year, there were 95 events in the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, Italy, Austria and the U.K., and nearly 45,000 people attended around the world.

All events include one public ritual and a food drive.

Morrison, known in the pagan world as “Sable Aradia,” coordinated the Okanagan’s first Pagan Pride Day in 2003 and has continued to coordinate events on and off since. The last Okanagan Pagan Pride Day was in 2011.

The itinerary for the 2013  event will include live music, metaphysical workshops, presentations, pagan rituals, and vendors, including crafters, both of Vernon’s metaphysical stores, and psychics and readers.

Saturday’s event starts at 11 a.m. and admission is by donation to the local food bank in honour of the harvest, a sacred time for most pagans.

For more information, visit www.paganprideokanagan.webs.com or contact Morrison at 250-540-0341 or  email sable@thethreadsthatbindus.net.