Vancouver’s Pagan community welcomes everyone to their Pride Day event

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Looking to celebrate an alternative kind of Pride? If you’re curious about or already way into crystals, incense, tarot cards, and your own connection to the divine, mark your Wheel of the Year for August 11, which is Vancouver Pagan Pride Day.

Vancouver’s Pagan community is holding a free celebratory event at Trout Lake, open to people of all ages and spiritual backgrounds. Doubling as a fundraiser for local food banks and animal shelters, organizers ask that attendees bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation.

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It’s the 20th anniversary of Vancouver Pagan Pride, and the timing is also ahead of an important time of year for those who observe Pagan traditions, the Autumn Equinox, which is in September. The event will

Need a little explainer? Paganism is fairly broad and flexible in its definition, and can include traditions that involve nature, magic, pluralism, diversity, and The Goddess.

Vancouver Pagan Pride is “committed to dispelling myths surrounding Paganism. Most Pagans live respectfully of nature, humanity, and oneself,” explain organizers. “This event is meant to reduce discrimination and present the value that our paths bring to society. Emphasizing that we do not seek to convert but ask each person to Honour the Divine in the manner that best suits each individual.”

At the event, you will find information booths, vendors, live entertainment, free workshops, and an end-of-day Harvest Feast. There will be tarot card readers, Pranic healing, metaphysical astrology, and a whole lot more.

Vancouver Pagan Pride Day

When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Trout Lake/John Hendry Park – 3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Cost: Free with donation of non-perishable food item

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom