Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Comes to the Comox Valley
On Saturday, August 22nd, Pagans from all over Vancouver Island will come together for the first time at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds Rotary Bowl to celebrate 11 years of Vancouver Island Pagan Pride. After 10 successful years of celebrations in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island Pagan Pride is on the move to share the festivities with other parts of the Island.
Pagan Pride Day is an international project that promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems through education, activism, charity and community. The time of year is carefully chosen to celebrate the harvest and share the fruits of our efforts with our community.
Vancouver Island Pride Day aims to show the public what Paganism is about through a daylong collection of workshops, rituals and demonstrations. It’s also a time for the Pagan community to come together and celebrate our diversity with live entertainment, vendor tables with goods and services from pagan or pagan friendly businesses and organizations.
“I’m very excited to be bringing Pagan Pride to the Comox Valley. There are a lot of people who are curious about Paganism, or maybe have been practicing for a while, and this is an opportunity for all of us to connect with the broader community, make a contribution and have fun doing it!” says Mary Malinski, High Priestess of the Circle of the Sacred Muse and Maiden of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada.
Each year the Pagan community dedicates its hard work and energy towards raising donations for a charitable organization that has a positive effect in the community at large. In previous years proceeds raised by Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day have been donated to organizations like the Canadian Diabetes Association, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and many others. This year Pagan Pride is collecting non-perishable food items and donations for Lush Valley Food Action Society and the Comox Valley Food Bank.
The 11th annual Vancouver Island Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds Rotary Bowl from 11 am to 6 pm. The event is open to everyone and admission is free, though donations for the Food Bank and Lush Valley are highly encouraged.
See the schedule of events here. We look forward to seeing you on August 22nd!