Today, you should … say hi to your neighbors at Pagan Pride Day


There is so much people don’t know about Pagans, including us, which is why we’re not even going to attempt to educate you on the subject. Just know that the term Pagan refers to a huge umbrella under which are traditions ranging from Wicca to Neo-druidism to Celtic, Germanic, Slavic and so many others.

Now, if you’re gonna try and throw the Evil label on these folks, just know that part of Pagan Pride Day at Rainbow Lagoon Park, is a food drive with collected items donated to families and individuals in need.

And if you’re going to try and put the Freaky label on these folks, just know that at the front booth of the event will be Mystery Bags stuffed full of special goodies especially chosen for the kids.

See, you probably don’t know anything about the people who follow a path that is centuries old, has helped shape the foundations of western culture—Like Christmas? Thank a Pagan—and seem to care a lot about whether people have enough to eat and if kids have some neat stuff to play with.

Seems like a nice bunch of folks we’d like to hang with. You should. Come meet some of your neighbors who happen to be Pagans, learn about their practices and beliefs, and make some new friends or learn stuff about some of your old friends. There will be vendors, workshops, rituals and fun stuff. (Steve Lowery)

Another great thing: If you’d like to contribute to the food drive, bring canned foods or non-perishable dry goods.

Giving us a moment’s pause: So, in a roundabout way, are Pagans responsible for “Christmas Shoes?” Not cool.

Pagan Pride Day runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.