Come and celebrate Lughnasadh with us at Nottingham Speaker's Corner between 10:30am and 11:30am, before the festival begins on Sunday 5th August 2018!
THE SAD NEWS: There isn’t going to be a parade this year. But don’t panic we’re still going to make a BIG IMPRESSION and have a massive Pagan presence down in the Market Square on the morning of the festival!
So instead, we’ve organised the MORNING MUSTER, a Pagan Pride pre-party. All the usual chanting, singing, and atmosphere of the parade muster but with added oomph!
Gather in Nottingham’s Old Market Square beside Left Lion as usual and at 10.30am our team will arrive to begin the party with drummers, dancers, and dramatics from the likes of Moonhare Tribal Bellydance, Nenedhel Absynthium, and Diane Narraway and Cheryl Waldron of the Dolmen Grove. Then for the first time ever, we’ll be holding a family friendly open ritual celebration, so we can welcome in Lughnasdh as a community.
The Morning Muster will finish at approximately 11.30am, and then we’ll be asking you to disperse and make your own way up to the Arboretum (we’ll have marshals stationed at points along the way to point you in the right direction to get you to the tunnel access road). Once we have all arrived, we’ll re-muster in parade formation to make a grand entrance into the festival at midday as we have every year.
While we’re disappointed that we can’t hold a parade this year, we believe that it’s important that we still have a visible presence in the city on festival day to raise awareness about the modern Pagan community and to ensure that we are accurately represented in the minds of the public. But we can only do that with your help, so dress in your finery and bring your banners as you normally would and let’s kick off the festival in style!
WHY IS THERE NO PARADE?
Over the last nine years, Pagan Pride UK has grown so much that the ONLY way to now safely have a parade the size of ours is to completely close all the roads along the route and set up traffic diversions around the city of Nottingham to prevent congestion and ensure that the eight hundred plus strong PPUK parade arrives at the Arboretum safely.
Unfortunately, this is an expensive thing – Nottingham City highways department have to set up barriers, plan alternate traffic routes with adequate signage, employ manpower to direct traffic, notify the public transport companies and many other things in order to comply with the law and create a safe and protected space for us to enjoy the parade in confidence. This cost totals approximately £3500!
Next year Pagan Pride UK celebrates our tenth Anniversary – so we are saving our pennies and will be fundraising at the Morning Muster and at this year’s festival in order to make sure that we can walk with pride through the streets of Nottingham in 2019.
We understand that many of you will be disappointed—we are too. But with your support, we plan to make the Morning Muster an amazing event in its own right, and to ensure that everyone enjoys this opportunity to show the world that they are PAGAN AND PROUD.