On Pagan Pride Day, Visibility for the Occult

Author: Erin Ailworth

Source: The Boston Globe


It was Old World beliefs meeting modern-day lifestyles.

Pagans gathering by a pond inside Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover socialized to the persistent pop of gunfire from a nearby hunting club. Witches in jeans and Crocs were elbow-to-wand with heathens and druids, vampires and those just beginning on their spiritual quest.

The gathering yesterday was among many Pagan Pride Day celebrations being held in autumn worldwide for the 10th consecutive year.

Carol Fairbank, organizer for the celebrations in Eastern Massachusetts, said she expected at least 1,000 to enjoy the entertainment and more than a dozen educational workshops inside Harold Parker State Forest.