The Third Annual Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day took place in Clark Park in the City of Brotherly of Love on Saturday, September 5, 2015.
Among the Heathen vendors present at the event were The Troth, Distelfink Sippschaft, A Touch of Glass... and Then Some, A New Vibration, and The Hex Factory.
The Troth's Assistant Steer and Pennsylvania Steward, Robert L. Schreiwer, led a discussion on Braucherei in the Urglaawe Context, which included information on the heirloom Pennsylvania German healing and magical practices of Braucherei and Hexerei and how they led to the rise of the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe. Many other workshops on various topics and traditions were also featured throughout the day.
The Delaware Steward (Shaun Shupe) and the New Jersey Steward (Annie Cúglas) for The Troth were also present, and. Cúglas took her oath of office at the event.
Also featured were performers and two great bands, Project Wendigo and Ashagal; the latter is led by Troth member John Harford.
Distelfink Sippschaft led the closing ceremony, which included honoring Dunner (Thor), Siwwa (Sif), and Idunn (Idunna). Future closing ceremonies will include the hailing of the Matronae goddesses.
As a harvest festival, Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day includes a food drive to benefit the Mazzoni Center Food Bank, a food and supply drive for Forgotten Cats, and a book donation drive to benefit In-Reach Heathen Prison Services for both The Troth and Distelfink Sippschaft.
The event included some media coverage, such as a short article in Philly Weekly that mentioned The Troth and print and radio coverage for a day's news cycle on Philadelphia's KYW News Radio 1060.
The estimated number of attendees was 1,500. The staff, vendors, performers, and patrons are already looking forward to next year!