PORTLAND, Maine — The 10th annual Southern Maine Pagan Pride Day event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave. in Portland.
Southern Maine Pagan Pride Day is just one part of the Pagan Pride Project that features hundreds of Pride events all over the world, joining thousands of Pagans together to celebrate diversity within spirituality and bringing awareness about the peaceful paths of Paganism to all who want to participate.
The Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity, and community. Each Pagan Pride event is required to collect food donations for a local charity. SMPPD’s chosen charities this year are Project FEED in Portland (www.projectfeed.org), in partnership with Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Pet Food Pantry at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (www.arlgp.org).
Food pantries for both people and pets are seeing extremely high demand at this time, and the SMPPD planning committee is happy to help these organizations meet the needs of the community. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable human and/or pet food donations to the event.
SMPPD will feature workshops on various topics, live performances, vendors, a Harvest Ritual, and the first annual Bardic Competition. Activities for children will be presented throughout the day, as well. The event is a great way for Pagans in the area to connect and for people who are curious about Pagan beliefs to come and learn more about who we are. A complete schedule of events is available at www.mainepaganprideday.org.
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