Frederick CUUPS has the great honor of hosting and managing the region’s annual Pagan Pride Gathering. This will be our fourth year! Last year, slightly over 500 people attended. The festival is a ton of fun – it’s a full day of workshops, rituals, vendors, music and merriment. But, like all really wonderful events, it takes a village to run it smoothly. We are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event. There are two windows of time in which we volunteer: there’s a setup the evening before (Friday, September 14th) to put up the pavilions, mark out vendor spaces, place tables, etc. The day of Frederick Pagan Pride Day (Saturday, September 15th), we have shifts starting at 8 am and ending at 8 pm. We will need the most help from 8 to 10 am (loading vendors in and getting set up) and 6 to 8 pm (loading vendors out and breaking down all the festival infrastructure). During the day, we have shifts at the Welcome Booth, General Site (roaming security), Parking Guides and Event Field (helping with workshops, rituals, etc). Shifts vary in time from half an hour to up to two hours depending on the role being filled. If you would like to volunteer, email frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com.
After the incredible generosity and kindness of everyone who attended the 2017 Frederick Pagan Pride Day, the staff thought we would expand the web to reach more beings in need – specifically the four-legged kind. This year, admission to Frederick Pagan Pride Day is a donation to one of two organizations we are supporting. You are welcome to bring an item of non-perishable commercially prepared food (no home canned goods, unfortunately) for The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency. This year, Frederick Pagan Pride Day is also supporting the Adoption Center at Frederick County Animal Control. FCAC is requesting canned food of any variety, dry food (Iams is preferred, but they will take any sort), bleach, sponges and Dawn dish soap.
The Fourth Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day will be Saturday, September 15th, 2018. We are currently accepting applications for the event. If you are interested in participating as part of FPPD, please click on the link below that applies to you.
- Workshop/Ritual Presentations
- Representatives from local Non Profit Groups, Events, Churches and Covens
- Create an Altar
- Sponsor Frederick Pagan Pride Day
If you have something you would like to contribute to the 2018 FPPD that is not listed above, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The second annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser is Saturday, January 6th! We’re giving tickets away on Facebook!
Every Friday in December, we will give away one pair of tickets for the masquerade ball. If you win them, you can either use them yourself, or gift them to a friend! To enter, SHARE this graphic. Make sure you do it publicly, or we won’t be able to see the post. Then, COMMENT on the graphic and tell us your favorite faery or fantasy creature.
Every Friday, we will randomly select one name and award tickets. And YES, you can enter more than once!
A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Buy Tickets Here
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 (snow date of Saturday, February 10th)
Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Winter Court of Faerie, rulers of the dark season! Please come in a wintry costume as we revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year with the Good Folk of the Winter Court.
Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged
8 pm – 1 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm
Tickets are $35 in advance
$40 at the door, if any tickets remain
It is an amazing thing to watch a festival grow; to start as a tiny seed of an idea, to show its first tender shoots and leaves and then to watch it bear better and stronger fruit with every passing harvest. Like any living spirit, what you sow and how you care for that life greatly influences the fruit you later harvest, and Frederick Pagan Pride Day is no exception. As ever, I am so overwhelmed with gratitude to so many people for an almost unbelievable amount of energy, time, love and dedication to our festival.
Secondly, an enormous thanks to our workshop presenters, ritual leaders and performers. All the work of the staff of Frederick Pagan Pride Day comes to nothing without content. I am so grateful to the members of our Pagan family who chose to share their wisdom, gifts, talents and vision with us. Their contributions filled our village-for-a-day with love, joy and beauty. Deep gratitude to our ritual groups: the opening ritual was led by Frederick CUUPS members and volunteers. Our Mabon ritual was led by the Proto-Demos Potomac Valley Palladium of Hellenion and our closing ritual was led by Hallowed Ground of ADF.
Thank you to all the local organizations and groups who came out to share your Paths with us! Part of what I love most about the Pagan community is our diversity, and I am so grateful to you for showcasing that so perfectly.
Our Tribe was around 500 people yesterday (we physically counted 480, but during the day’s peak, a lot of people bypassed the welcome booth). We raised over 573 pounds of food for the Frederick Food Bank. That’s over a pound of food per person that will help people right here, in our own community. That’s some amazing magick, my friends. It’s incredible what we can accomplish together.
It’s finally here! The 3rd Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day is this Saturday, September 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD 21703! The festival opens at 10 am and runs till 6 pm. Admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item that will be given to The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency. Last year’s festival drew around 400 people over the course of the day and raised 391 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program. We’re hoping to top 400 pounds of donations this year!
See the full Pride schedule right here. Our event includes workshops, rituals, live music and entertainment, 30 vendors (including a food vendor), and representatives from eight local Covens, Groups and Charities.
Here’s a last-minute list of things you might consider bringing with you: a camp or other folding chair (or a picnic blanket) for attending the workshops and watching performances. There will be water filling stations, so a water bottle is also recommended. Remember to bring some money for our wonderful vendors, cash if you would like to enter the raffle, a hand drum or other percussion if you’d like to participate in the drum circle, and sunblock if you need it.
Speaking of the raffle, tickets are $3 each or $5 for two. All proceeds benefit Frederick Pagan Pride Day.