Photos of 11th Annual Pagan Alliance festival in Berkeley CA
On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Pagan Alliance held its eleventh Annual Pagan Festival at the Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley, CA. The event lasted from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Beginning at noon there was a parade around a few blocks of the downtown streets including University Avenue leading in a circle back to the park where the parade began.
This annual event, “ is a multi-cultural, interfaith Pagan Pride celebration that brings together sisters and brothers of all indigenous, Earth -based, and nature centered polytheistic beliefs in pride and celebration, as well as those who support arts, music ceremony, theater, and dance within the Interfaith Pagan Community.”
The theme for this years event was ”Paradigm Shift.“
“If we can see things in new ways, we have a chance to create new systems, new ways of being, new songs, and new structures. In dropping our old assumptions for even one moment, we have that moment to discover what we deeply desire.”
Each year the festival committee chooses one local prominent Pagan to be named as that year’s Keeper of the Light. In 2011 this position went to Yeshe Rabbit Matthews, and for 2012 the honor went to T. Thorn Coyle. The Keeper of the Light represents the Pagan Alliance throughout the year at various public events and performs ritual duties at the main festival ritual.
The festival is one of a number of fund raising events for The Pagan Alliance. Some of the funds donated help to sponsor other local Pagan organizations and related causes. These include the Berkeley World Music Festival, The Circle of Dionysos, the Patrick McCollum Foundation, and the Spiral Scouts of Richmond and San Francisco.
Each year the festival works with the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade and celebration to trade volunteers between organizations to help with both events. This year people from the San Franciso Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Parade served as security for the Pagan Parade.
Here are pictures of some of the festival’s main stage performers. Performances began in the morning and continued throughout the day with a break for the parade. It was a wonderful opportunity for a picnic in the park with free entertainment.
Evelie Posch with KSME (Right)
More photos of this event can be found at my flickr page. If you wish to download a photo just click on that photo and open it. Just above the photo on the left you will see the (Actions) button. Click on that, and then the (View All sizes) button. Choose a size and then click on the (Download) button and you can save the photo to any file in your computer using the pop-up download feature.
Greg Harder reporting for PNC Bay Area