Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why the term "Pagan Pride?"
A: "While some people feel that the phrase "Pagan Pride" is too confrontational, the result accomplished through the word "Pride" in the gay/lesbian community states to me that it is an effective phrase to communicate how we feel. We will not hide in the shadows any longer, practicing our spirituality privately because we fear reprisals from members of monotheistic religions. We are not ashamed of the Gods we revere and the ways we celebrate! We are "coming out of the broom closet." Ours is not a path for everyone; you are encouraged to practice what spirituality you will. But we now claim the right to take pride in what we practice."
- Cecylyna Dewr, 1998 [Pagan Pride Project, Inc]

Q: Why did you change your name from Northern Nevada Pagan Pride to Reno-Sparks Pagan Pride?
A: Pagan Pride Project, Inc requires all local PPD organizations to be named after the largest city in the metro area.

Q: Why are you always holding fundraisers?
A: You can find our financial statement under the Administration page. Please use the Navigator in the left sidebar to find this information or click here.

Q: Why don't you have Pagan Pride Day during a different time of year?
A: The Pagan Pride Project, Inc policy states the event date must fall between August 1st and October 31st. It is preferable for Pagan Pride Day events to fall as close to the Autumnal Equinox as possible.

Q: Why don't you have PPD indoors?
A: Indoor facility fees are cost prohibitive. If, in the coming years, the PPD organizers find a suitable facility that will provide a reduced rental rate for the event, we will explore this option further.

Q: If it's PAGAN Pride Day, why don't we have it out of town in nature?
A: The policy states that Pagan Pride Day events should be highly visible, open, inclusive and free-admission. Holding the event out of town would discourage the public-at-large from attending.

Q: Why don't you just rent a park and do it?
A: The City of Reno and the City of Sparks both have application processes and ordinances that we must follow in order to include merchants, fundraising activities, entertainers, etc. during the event.

Q: Why don't you have Pagan Pride Day in Carson City?
A: Carson City is 32.2 miles from Reno-Sparks, where the local chapter of PPD is located. Pagan Pride Project, Inc policy states that we must hold our event within 15 miles from our home-city.

Q: Can we do a separate PPD in Carson City, Fernley, Fallon, Incline Village, etc?
A: Pagan Pride Project, Inc restricts the number of PPD events in a given area. There must be 90 driving minutes between PPD home cities.

Q: Why don't we have PPD in Sparks any more?
A: The City of Sparks does not allow for a temporary business license, as Reno does, but requires every booth to hold an annual license. This would be cost prohibitive for many of our merchants and local pagan groups. Sparks Parks Department also restricts merchant events to very few (and costly!) areas.

Q: Why don't you bring in more famous pagans or musicians?
A: Although there have been many special guests at previous PPD events, our current financial situation does not support the expenses at this time. As Reno-Sparks Pagan Pride continues to grow and evolve, we will be exploring these options again.

Q: Why don't you have workshops, speakers, etc every year?
A: All of the workshops, speakers, and demonstrators are volunteers. When we have volunteers, we include them in the scheduled events.

Q: Why don't you have more vendors?
A: Many merchants will not bother vending at events with an expected attendance of less than 500 people. Our planning committees will continue to encourage exhibitors to vend at future Pagan Pride Days.

Q: If you need more money, why don't you raise the vendor prices?
A: We keep our merchant booth prices low in order to attract more exhibitors for our event. With such a low expected attendance (see above), we try to make the effort worth the merchants' expenditure.

Q: Can we bring our pets?
A: Pet owners must comply with City of Reno ordinances. Although PPD attendees can bring a leashed and licensed pet, anyone attending for the full day will exceed the park rules.

Q: Can I sell food at your event?
A: Please refer to the Washoe County Health Department for the required permits and licensing.

Q: Why are non-pagans included at PPD?
A: Why not? Pagan Pride Day is not just about being Pagan, it is also about community activism, spreading awareness, etc. We appreciate the support we receive from our non-pagan community members, so we in turn support pagan-friendly people and organizations.

Q: Why do you include games and kids activities?
A: Pagans have families. Pagan Pride Day is a family-friendly event. The children are the future of our community.

Q: Pagan Pride Project, Inc has so many rules! Why don't we just do our own thing and not even bother with Pagan Pride National?
A: Under the 501(c)3 umbrella, our local chapter enjoys the benefits of a federally-recognized nonprofit organization without the additional cost ($750+). Additionally, Local Coordinators have many other resources to draw from, including basic legal advice, media examples, experienced leadership, and more.

More information on requirements can be found here: Administration and Event Requirements

If you have a question that is not covered here, please send us a note. We will respond to every serious inquiry.
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