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Pagan Pride Day set for Sunday

By Times Staff
Published September 20, 2005

NEW PORT RICHEY - For months, a small group of pagans has been scraping together its few dollars, holding fundraisers, trying raise enough money to introduce themselves to Pasco County residents.

They first planned a breakfast, then a garage sale. Then a barbecue fundraiser, which was canceled for lack of attendance, putting them in the hole $8.

Despite these setbacks, Pasco's first "Pagan Pride Day" will be held Sunday at Sims Park in New Port Richey.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., will include presentations on wicca, asatru and heathenism, booths with information on other pagan belief systems, at least 22 vendors, music, a unity ritual and drum circle.

Coordinator Robert Crom said city officials have been helpful and welcoming. "To tell the truth, we have had problems trying to find a group which will accept our donations," Crom said. That problem was solved, Crom said, by the Women's Resource Center of Tampa Bay, an abuse shelter in New Port Richey.

Those attending Pagan Pride Day are asked to bring donations of cleaning products, hygiene or office supplies, which will be given to the shelter. The shelter will also receive 75 percent of the proceeds from raffles held throughout the day.

"A lot of the vendors are donating items for the raffles," Crom said. "We have necklaces, meditation baskets, free tickets to other events going on in the area. We have so many odds and ends, most are just pagan items."

[Last modified September 20, 2005, 01:55:19]

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