General Event Info
Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected this year's event?
No. As of now, Phoenix Pagan Pride Day will occur as planned.
Where is Phoenix Pagan Pride Day being held?
Phoenix Pagan Pride Day 2020 is being held at the historic "Circle of Life" inside Steele Indian School Park in Central Phoenix.
300 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85012
The Circle of Life lies at the heart of the 72-acre park. This wide circular walkway encompasses the three historic buildings remaining on site from the old Phoenix Indian School. In the center of this area is a water cistern. Etched into the concrete around the cistern is a poem that explains the Native American design theme of the park. The Circle of Life is 600 feet in diameter and features 24 interpretive columns depicting the history of the Phoenix Indian School.
Where should I park for the event?
Parking for this year's event will be limited. The Phoenix Pagan Pride organizing committee is currently working with the City of Phoenix and Phoenix Pride to offer park and ride solutions.
How much does it cost attend Phoenix Pagan Pride Day?
Entry into Phoenix Pagan Pride Day is free, but we ask a non-perishable food, clothing and/or financial donation be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
How can I get involved with Phoenix Pagan Pride Day?
If your're interested in volunteering, sponsoring, vending, presenting, performing or reading/healing at Phoenix Pagan Pride Day, visit the "Get Involved" page for more details.
Is the event accessible?
Motorized wheelchairs and other forms of mobility assistance should not have many issues navigating the site. PPD will be held close to the parking lot and sidewalk, and there is a paved path running through the middle of the site. The grassy areas are mostly flat with some small inclines. With this being a park, there are some tree roots and uneven areas to be expected.
Is there an ATM on site?
No. Many of the vendors will accept mobile credit card payments but you may want to bring cash as a back up just in case!
Are the ceremonies/rituals open to everyone?
Yes, our ceremonies/rituals are open to all those attending the event, including children as long as they can behave in a respectful and mature manner. Participation in ceremonies/rituals is optional. Observation is perfectly acceptable as well.
Will spells or workings be available or can someone do a spell/working for me?
Phoenix Pagan Pride does not maintain an active list of individuals performing spellwork in the community. If a vendor at Pagan Pride Day offers spellwork services, it will be advertisied at their booth. PLEASE DO NOT approach our vendors with unsolicited requests for spellwork as their focus will be on the event that day.
Are there restrooms available?
The restrooms are located a short walk away from the event site. Portable units will also be placed throught the event location.
What if the weather is .....?
Our event is rain or shine! Check the weather before heading out and dress appropriately. There are plenty of trees on site that will provide shade, but sunscreen is always a good idea as well as bug repellent.
I don't belong to a group, can I still attend?
Of course! Phoenix Pagan Pride Day is a chance for people both in and not in groups to meet, socialize, and build bonds together. We welcome EVERYONE to Pagan Pride Day!
Why should I attend Pagan Pride? I'm not Pagan so why should attend?
Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.
What charities does Phoenix Pagan Pride Day Support?
For the past three years, Phoenix Pagan Pride has partnered with the St. Vincent DePaul society to collect resources for those in need. While SVdP is a religious-affliated organization, they offer their services to ALL Phoenicians (based on need) regardless of their beliefs. SVdP has been a thoughtful and courteous partner and we look forward to another succesful year of donations!
From the SVdP website:
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community who have no where else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion.
SVdP has been serving our community throughout central and northern Arizona since 1946. Programs include:
• Services for the homeless.
• Medical and dental care for the working poor.
• Charity dining rooms that serve thousands each day.
• Food boxes for hungry families.
• Thrift stores throughout the region.
• A bridge housing shelter.
• General assistance for individuals in need.
What are the rules about smoking / vaping at Pagan Pride Day?
Per City of Phoenix guidelines, smoking /vaping is not allowed outside of vehicles.
Are there any other rules I need to know?
Just a few and most of it is common sense.
Obey all local laws and regulations.
It is required that all participants be respectful of all other faiths while participating in this event.
Pagan Pride Day is not a forum for political action, protest, or demonstration. We will refuse and/or reject persons or groups who violate this rule.
Sexual and sexually explicit content are banned from Pagan Pride celebrations, including but not limited to workshops on techniques and sexually-themed items for sale.
Please notify event staff of any problems. This isn't so much a rule as something that's good to know. Our staff cares very much about the people who attend Pagan Pride Day and want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Is there anything I should bring to Pagan Pride Day?
November is a unique time in Central Arizona. The morning and early evening will be slightly chilly, while mid-day will be exceptionally warm. Consider bringing a light jacket or sweater to keep warm and/or an umbrella or other shade to keep out of the sun. Sun screen is reccomended as well.
We also recommend bringing a camp or other folding chair if sitting on the ground isn't your thing.
Can I bring …
… My dog to 3PD?
Yes, but please use common sense - if your dog is not good in crowds or with a wide variety of people, it might be best to leave them at home. You must also follow Maricopa County’s laws regarding pets. Your dog must be leashed and under your control at all times, and you are responsible for any required cleanup after your dog.
… My kids to 3PD?
Of course! Please remember that your children are your responsibility and must remain under your supervision at all times – Phoenix Pagan Pride Day does not provide child care services. 3PD staff will have a zero tolerance policy for unattended children - this site is easily accessible, easy to leave, and will be full of strangers ... leaving children unattended is irresponsible and potentially dangerous in these environments because there is no way to screen for "bad guys."
… My athame/ritual sword/other weapon of ritual significance and/or smiting?
No. While we recognize the value of these ritual tools, we are bound by park regulations. Staffs and wands that are not overtly weapon-like are permitted, provided that common sense applies.
… Beer, wine, mead, other alcohol to 3PD?
No. If you bring alcoholic beverages on site, you will be asked to leave. If you do not leave, local law enforcement will be called.
… Other intoxicating substances to 3PD?
No. If you are seen with illegal substances, local law enforcement will be called. No illegal activity of any kind will be tolerated. If the intoxicating substance is legal, it is still not permitted. You will be in a public place and are required to be in full control of your judgment and faculties at all times. Local law enforcement will be contacted immediately if illegal substances are identified/used on site.
Do I have to be Pagan to attend or vend?
No. We welcome everyone at Phoenix Pagan Pride Day! The goal of Pagan Pride Day is to allow non-pagans to learn about pagans as well as to build the local pagan sense of community.
Can I got to Pagan Pride and sell or present without registration or a booth? Can I go to Pagan Pride and hand out items for free without registration or a booth?
No. The Phoenix Pagan Pride local committee throughly vets and reviews all participants to ensure their offerings are safe and in line with the vision and mission of the Pagan Pride Project. Any individuals found selling, soliciting or presenting without the proper registration will be asked to leave and may be escorted off the property by security.
Do I need a credit card to register online as a vendor or to represent my group?
No. We use PayPal for all online payments, so you can have a PayPal account linked to your bank account or to a credit card.
Is there electricity?
No. If you need electricity, we suggest battery powered devices and backup batteries if needed.
Is there cellular reception?
Yes. There is generally excellent cellular reception at the event location.
Is there WiFi?
Likely not. We are checking to see if WiFi will be available for guests and will update this when we know for sure.
I don’t want my picture taken while I’m at Pagan Pride Day. What do I do?
Visit the information booth upon arrival to obtain stickers to place on your shirt so others know not to take your picture. The stickers are bright yellow circles and are easily visible from a distance. If you are not wearing and clearly displaying these stickers, you are consenting to having your photo taken and possibly posted online by other event attendees.
I would like to take photographs at Pagan Pride Day. Is that OK?
For the most part, yes. There will be some people who do not wish to have their photographs taken for privacy or other reasons. These people will have bright yellow stickers on their shirts. It is the policy of Phoenix Pagan Pride Day to respect their preferences. Please avoid photographing these individuals. If you accidentally photograph someone with a yellow sticker, be sure to crop them out of the photo or obscure their face (and other personally identifying portions of the photograph) before posting the photo online.
Paganism in General
What is a Pagan?
The term Pagan has many definitions. For our purposes we use the definition that a Pagan is a practitioner of an Earth-centered faith that has a celebratory cycle based on solar, lunar or agricultural occurrences.
That includes: Witches; Druids; Heathens; Asatru; Norse; Wiccans (Gardenarian, Dianic, Alexandrian, Mohsian, Stregharian, Discordians, etc...); Taoists; Shamans from any indigenous cultures; Solitary practitioners of any of the before mentioned Faith Paths--and that’s just to name a few. Never mind the many mixtures and Eclectics who draw their own tradition from Earth-based faiths to form a Spiritual Way that makes sense to them.
What do Pagans believe?
Just as there are many types of Pagans, there are many specific beliefs within the Pagan umbrella term. This is akin to how there are many forms of Christianity, and the details they will disagree on. Pagans too will disagree on the details. But a good general understanding is that we believe in an earth based faith, with cues and examples taken from nature, following the cycles of the earth including seasons and astrological signs, to find a deeper connection to both masculine and feminine divine energy.
Do Pagans Believe in Many Gods / a Pantheon of Gods?
Again the details will be different for each Pagan. But there are some who believe in a pantheon of Gods, some who have no pantheon but do believe in multiple Gods, others who believe in just two Gods as a duality – a God and Goddess, and still others who don’t call the divine Gods but instead consider it an energy or divine consciousness that does not really have form the way we usually think of a God.
Are Pagans Witches?
The term witch is somewhat tricky. Pop culture has told us that witches are evil female spell casters who want to eat children. This is not true. A witch is a Pagan term for someone who does magick, either male or female. Magick is not what we generally think of from pop culture either. There is rarely a cauldron filled with mysterious stuff bubbling over a fire. Magick is often much more like quiet contemplation, meditation, or prayer. Magick is seeking to make change in our world through energy rather than physical actions. So every time someone prays for peace it can be said they are attempting magick.
Having said that, yes, there are Pagans who consider themselves witches. But there are also many who do not.
Are Pagans All in a Cult?
Technically the definition of a cult is a group of people who blindly follow one human leader. By this definition most Pagan faiths are not cults. In fact most Pagans and Pagan faiths encourage exploration and understanding of faith. The personal empowerment of the individual to explore and learn, making direct connection with the divine without the need for any human intermediary, is extremely important and integral to most Pagan faiths. So in reality most Pagans practice almost the opposite of a cult religion.
Do Pagans Worship the "Devil"?
No. For the most part, Pagans view the Devil as a figure belonging to other faiths (such as Christianity and Judaism). In the reconciliation of the concepts of Good and Evil, most Pagans believe that the ability to do good and bad things resides within each of us and we are all responsible for our own actions.
What is this symbol?
The pentacle is a five-pointed star contained within a circle. The five points of the star represent the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water, and a fifth element. The fifth element is typically either Spirit or Self, depending on one’s tradition. The pentacle is often misunderstood or misrepresented by media and other individuals. However, in reality, the pentacle is a positive symbol of spirit, life, and the interconnectedness of all things. There are many other symbols used by Pagans, for a sampling and some other symbol definitions, please visit the Pagan Pride Project’s page on symbols.
How do I get involved with a group?
Interested in joining a coven? Want to get involved with a kindred, grove or temple? Community can be a major asset in aiding you in your spiritual journey but joining a pagan group, of any kind, can be a challenge unless you know how to go about it.
Paganism is enjoying a meteoric rise to the mainstream right now. Magick can be found all over pop culture; from movies and tv to clothes and home goods, but up until a few years ago, pagan groups were persecuted for there beliefs. Because of this rocky history, many groups do not openly advertise or promote their existence, much less when they hold events. Many groups will not welcome you as a member until they get to know you personally.
So how do you find your community?
1. Attend open local events like Pagan Pride Day, Solstice Festivals at the Irish Cultural Center, Pagan Pride seasonal festivals and open rituals.
2. Follow groups you're interested in on social media and pay attention to host when they open events. Make it a point to attend and socialize with a many people in the group as possible.
3. See if your favorite local Pagan or Metaphysical store offers classes or workshops. Not only is it s great way to expand your magickal knowledge, but it gives you a great opportunity to interact with other like-minded individuals.
4. Can't find what you're looking for? Start your own group!