It’s Festival Friday! This year is tough on our vendors, and also tough on all our inner crows who just want MORE SHINY THINGS!! So, let’s do some online shopping! This Friday, we’d like to direct your attention to Raven’s Own! These wonderful folks make beautiful chain maille jewelry, pendulums and other items both sculptural and decorative from gorgeous shiny bits of metal. They are also the creators of an adorable line of Pixi C’thulus that have a tendency to follow people home from the festival. Cherif and Rebecca, the owners and artisans of Raven’s Own, are so friendly and welcoming that we like to place them at the entrance of Vendor Village specifically so they can help people feel at home. Please go visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RavensOwn/
It is with a heavy heart, and after much consideration, that the board of Frederick Pagan Pride Day is canceling our 2020 festival originally slated for September 12th. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our festival attendees, staff, presenters, performers, and vendors. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is not possible to make our event safe enough for our wonderful community. We are heartbroken to miss you this year.
Next year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day is slated for Saturday, September 11th, 2021. Most of our vendors are simply shifting their registration to that date. Many of our wonderful vendors offer online stores. If you can support them, please do so. A year without festivals is extremely hard on artists, artisans, and purveyors of beauty and magick. Visit our vendor page here.
Although we cannot gather in person, we do not need to go through this strange time of physical distancing alone. Frederick CUUPS, the organization that puts on the Frederick Pagan Pride Day, is offering robust online programming to help keep us all connected. See the listing of upcoming events, gatherings, rituals and more here. We hope to see you online!
Every year, Frederick Pagan Pride Day has been able to make a sizeable donation of food to the Frederick Food Bank and a donation of food and supplies to the Animal Shelter at Frederick Country Animal Control. If you are able, please donate to these wonderful organizations.
We hope you are well, safe, and continuing to practice good pandemic protocols. This year is ridiculously hard, but we honestly believe that this strange time will pass. We will come together in community again. We will sing, drum, dance, learn, laugh, and grow with each other. By making the safe choices now, it ensures that we are all present for that bright future.
In love and service,
The Board of the Frederick, Maryland, Pagan Pride Day
The board of Frederick Pagan Pride Day values the health and safety of our attendees and strives to offer a safe, inclusive space for learning and connecting. We are closely observing the evolving information regarding COVID-19, the Coronavirus, and will continue to make plans to support the safety of our community.
Right now, we do not know if the 2020 Frederick Pagan Pride Day festival will run. Any decision regarding whether or not the festival will run will be immediately made public on our website and social media pages. All participating parties (registered vendors and confirmed presenters) will receive emails.
The board of FPPD is all-volunteer, many of whom are essential workers. As a result, we are running behind on presentation applications. Please be patient – we are doing the best we can.
Stay safe out there, everyone.
Are you ready?! It’s time to plan the 2020 Frederick Pagan Pride Day! Our sixth annual festival will be on Saturday, September 12th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The event will include information booths, workshops, live music, vendors and other activities celebrating the Autumn Equinox, a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions. Our 2020 theme is ‘Witch the Vote’ and some offerings will be focused around civic action and ways to reduce disenfranchisement.
Registration forms are now online.
We are so excited for the 5th Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 14th, 2019!! A few notes:
Admission is a donation to one of two organizations we are supporting this year. 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 Frederick County Animal Control. Donations for the Adoption Center can also be given as admission. FCAC is requesting UNOPENED PACKAGES of canned food of any variety, dry food (Iams is preferred, but they will take any sort), bleach, sponges and Dawn dish soap. Other pet supplies are welcome, but must be UNOPENED.
Parking will be available on-site as well as at two overflow lots. Shuttle Service will be running from the Park and Ride lots at the intersection of Elmer Derr Road. The shuttle will run from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Please consider carpooling as well.
Volunteers are needed for the day. Please contact us at frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com to volunteer!
Vendor Village is no longer taking applications – we are now full. Vendor forms go online in January and we are generally sold out by August 1st. If you would like to vend at the 2020 festival, please plan to register in the spring.
We raised 823.11 pounds of food for the Frederick Food Bank. We have a huge pile of donations for the Adoption Center at Frederick County Animal Control. And over 550 people came through the doors yesterday. As I said during Kindred Crow’s set, remember – you are NOT alone. When you are feeling overwhelmed, or isolated, or like a single fiber of strangeness and magick in the tapestry of our greater culture, remember the festival. There are a LOT of us. And we are amazing.
Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day is very fortunate in terms of our location. In the event of heavy rain, we will move the entire festival inside the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (4880 Elmer Derr Road – same location as the festival, just inside the building). We will make a final call on whether we will be indoors or outdoors on Friday morning and will post about it on all our media – this website, our Facebook page, the Frederick CUUPS Facebook page, and the Facebook event.
The first graphic below is the outdoor plan. The image below it is the indoor plan.
Admission to The 4th Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day is a donation to one of two charities we are supporting this year. 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, Maryland. 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.
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.