Dear Friends of Western MA Pagan Pride Day,
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday, September 11, 2021 to make WMPPD a huge success. We had perfect weather; the workshops and performances were fantastic; and we were able to get the word out to hundreds of people about paganism.
We are grateful to the City of Northampton for the use of the space at 1 Kirkland Ave. I’m sure that this was part of the reason that our fundraiser for the Northampton Survival Center was such a huge success. We raised $600 dollars for the Survival Center this year, far more than we ever have previously. Thank you all for your generosity. We hope to return to the same space next year on Saturday, September 10, the second Saturday of September.
Look for news in the off-season about a fundraiser for WMPPD. I will post soon about our T-shirts, which many folks inquired about purchasing. And we’re planning on another fundraiser, so stay tuned.
Chris & the WMPPD Committee
What To Expect
Western MA Pagan Pride day is one of many Pagan Pride Day events that take place worldwide. As a nonprofit organization we strive to establish awareness of earth-centered belief systems in our local communities. People of all faiths and walks of life are invited to join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021, 10:00 am through 5:30 pm.
There is no admission fee to the event, however we ask that you bring a cash donation for our food drive. We will not be collecting non-perishable food items this year, only cash donations for our favorite charity, the Northampton Survival Center.
You can come expecting to find information about paganism in many of its forms, experience open harvest ritual, musical entertainment, workshops (classes) and many vendors for a fun, family friendly community-driven event. There are a number of restaurants and cafes in the area, so plan to come and stay a while!
This year we will be in downtown Northampton, in the plaza at Kirkland Ave where the Tuesday Farmers Market takes place. This is between the Parking Garage and the back of Thorne’s Marketplace. There is ample short- and long-term parking in downtown Northampton. Note that the Armory St Parking Lot, which borders the site, is a 3-hour maximum lot. Metered parking in Northampton is done now by zones and plate numbers, so if you are planning to stay longer than 3 hours, you can’t just move your car to another spot in the same lot/zone and pay again. We recommend that you park in the garage that overlooks our site; the cost is only .75/hour, and the first hour is always free.
We will follow all CDC, local, and state protocols that are in effect the day of the event.
Statement of Inclusivity
Western Mass Pagan Pride Day is an open and affirming event. We welcome all people of all beliefs or none, of all colors, genders and sexes, and expressions of sexuality, with open arms. You are welcome at WMPPD. We do not tolerate any form of prejudice or discrimination based on any of these factors. We affirm that every person has the right to be and identify in any way they choose.
Trans Inclusion Statement
We affirm that trans women are women, trans men are men; that there are scientifically and socially more than two sexes and genders; and that we are all equal and worthy of respect and dignity as human beings.
We will not support intolerance or prejudice toward others, especially based on the classes mentioned above.