This year marked not only another great event in Des Moines IA with Pagan Pride which took place on September 28th in Union Park where we had to contend with wind and rain through out most of the day, but all of our vendors stuck it out and stayed with us! We had a good number of folks from the surrounding area who visited our festival and got to watch the Brotherhood of Steel perform some of their battles and we all got a kick out of the herald for the group who was very comical hisself. Overall this was a great day and I look forward to the future plan of a 3 day campout for Pagan Pride in the upcoming years.
Two weeks later, October 12th marked the first annual Pagan Pride in Cedar Rapids, IA which took place at Ellis Park in Cedar Rapids. I must say that I was very impressed with Jenn Luna Wolf for organizing this event in just a few short months and have it be a successful and warm day for everyone involved. There were some workshops, a native american flutist played for us, several vendors including one who was vending for the very first time as a pottery maker. Jules Pottery also provided some clay for kids to create their own projects and after talking with the owner, she too is a fellow SCA'er and a part of the Brotherhood of Steel so I look forward to seeing her again at future events.
I was also present to take care of media and be one of the spokespersons and DJ for the event. I am very proud to be able to serve my community in providing my services to any Pagan Pride event anywhere in Iowa, so I strongly encourage other areas to also start planning a local Pagan Pride event for your nearby areas.
Iowa has a great pagan community and with more people coming out to take part in festivals, it speaks loudly that there are alot more pagans all over Iowa and want to show their pride and support so I say to them, form groups, coffee cauldrons, hold open rituals or sabbats to let others around you know that you are there for them!!
Lets make sure that 2014 is even bigger for my home state of Iowa!!