PPPD 2016 Applications are OPEN!

We are now accepting Vendor and Workshop application submissions and are looking forward to a SPECTACULAR event!

Ramping Up!

We are getting close to having our website ready to accept 2016 Vendor and Workshop submissions. We expect to have it ready over the weekend of April 2, 2016.

Our first Planners meeting will be on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Clark Park at 6:30 PM. If the weather is inclement, we will meet at the Green Line Cafe at S. 43rd and Baltimore.

Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day 2016

Please mark your calendars now for Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day 2016!

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Clark Park A
S. 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Krampuslauf Philadelphia: Parade of Spirits


Philadelphia, PA: The fifth annual Krampuslauf Philadelphia: Parade of Spirits is set to take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Liberty Lands Park in Philadelphia. Gathering time begins at 3:00 with the parade setting off just before sunset. 

Krampuslauf Philadelphia began as a grassroots event in 2011. Founder Amber Dorko-Stopper states, “My original purpose in creating Krampuslauf Philadelphia was to experiment with grassroots folkloric festivals within the community. I started out without a community to do it in, and so everything I hoped Krampuslauf would be -- having never been to a "real" one in Austria or Germany -- was based around what I would want to see and participate in with my then three year-old children.” 

As such, Krampuslauf Philadelphia is a very family-friendly event. The rhythm of the event is echoes numerous cultures. Says Dorko-Stopper, “Also, because my children are both children of color -- my son was born in South Korea, my daughter is African-American -- I gave a lot of thought to ancestral heritages and what I could do to evoke "monsters" of all cultures in one event, as it became clearer to me that anywhere that winter was cold, there was, in almost every nation, a "monster" of winter, who often had horns, and often had bells. The undercurrent of universal language was there and I appreciated being able to tap into it without guilt or fear. It was amazing to suddenly be getting letters from Austrians, telling me how our Krampuslauf looked more like Austria's had in years past -- less like the Krampus events held there today, and how our homemade ethic and spirit of working together without boundaries was appreciated.”

Dorko-Stopper has also welcomed the presence of the Pagan community. The Heathen Contingent for Krampuslauf Philadelphia every year presents themes or characters that align with the multicultural presentation of the event. German, Austrian, Pennsylvania German, Manx, Scottish, and Irish characters have a regular presence at the event. 

Tucker Collins, an organizer and leader of the event, says, ”My favorite part of the event is being able to observe the way people come together, and what they bring of themselves to that event. Getting to see how people choose to express themselves through their costuming. Some people attend wholly in character, some come with serious demeanors and others with jest. I love seeing the broadening of cultures represented there, and the increasing personalization of the event for its participants. You don't have to know where you are going or what you want to do when you choose to start, and creativity can flow from there.  It probably is interesting to people that see us passing, but the procession is something we do for ourselves as a community.

In order to help to increase the participation and this expression of self in the event, Dorko-Stopper and Collins arrange for periodic opportunities throughout the year for the community to learn to make their own masks or decorations for the event.

From the Heathen perspective, the Parade of Spirits is a depiction of the Wild Hunt. Dorks-Stopper is widely known by the moniker of Frau Perchta, a most appropriate title given her role in the organization of the event. This year, the parade will again be led by Gedreier Eckhart (Loyal Eckhart), the man of Pennsylvania German and German lore who was sent ahead to alert humanity of the Wild Hunt’s impending arrival. 

The community is encouraged to don shadow side costumes and to join the Parade of Spirits! Oh, and bring a noisemaker!



Krampuslauf Philadelphia 2015: Parade of Spirits begins and ends in Liberty Lands Park in Philly. Gathering time can start as early as 3:00, but most folks come closer to 4:00. The parade begins at just about sundown (4:35 PM). Folks are encouraged to be in costumes that reflect the time of the year and to bring noisemakers. We still need volunteers to help with traffic. :)

Thank you!

We'd like to thank the entire community for coming out to make Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day 2015 a major success. We estimate the number of attendees as exceeding 1,500. 

We would like to thank our many vendors for providing a draw to the event. The raffle items were really great, which aided us in our ticket sales.

The performers really made the event shine!

The volunteers made all the difference in the world! Thank you all for your help watching our tents, loading and unloading the vendor vehicles, watching the open parking spaces, checking on vendors and performers, providing water to folks, manning the Welcome tent, and far more.

Our event made KYW News Radio on Saturday night and into Sunday's news rotation, too!

We invite the community to continue the networking and friendship efforts throughout the year by joining the Delaware Valley Pagan Network on Facebook and/or Meetup.

Hail and Bright Blessings!

The Philadelphia Pagan Pride Board of Directors

Note about Parking

Please note that the south curbside of Baltimore Avenue (that runs along Clark Park) between S. 43rd and S. 44th Streets is reserved for vendor, staff, and performer unloading and loading only. In addition, S. 43rd Street is the location of the Farmers Market, and Chester Avenue between S. 43rd Street and where S. 44th Street would be is reserved for Farmers Market staff parking and the food trucks. 

There is a public parking lot on Baltimore Avenue; the entrance is next to the A-Space at 4722 Baltimore as well as street parking throughout the area.

Best Trolley Lines to Philadelphia Pagan Pride

Best trolleys for Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day tomorrow:
From 30th Street Station: The 34 trolley comes down Baltimore Avenue right to Clark Park at S. 43rd Street.

From 61st and Baltimore: The 34 Trolley comes up Baltimore Avenue right to Clark Park at S. 44th Street. The 13 Trolley route includes Chester Avenue, which brings you to Clark Park right at S. 43rd Street.

34 Trolley Schedule (be sure to look at the Saturday times): http://www.septa.org/schedules/trolley/pdf/034.pdf

From Yeadon: The 13 Trolley route includes Chester Avenue and comes to Clark Park at S. 45th Street (and one can ride it to S. 43rd, too).

From Darby Transportation Center: There is limited service between the Darby Transportation Center on the 13 Trolley line. Please see the Saturday listings on the 13 Trolley schedule.

13 Trolley Schedule (be sure to look at the Saturday times): http://www.septa.org/schedules/trolley/pdf/013.pdf

Folks coming on Regional Rail lines may want to consider getting an Independence Pass that allows you to ride the entire SEPTA system for $12. If you get on at a station that does not have a ticketing office, you may buy the pass from the conductor on the train. http://www.septa.org/fares/pass/independence.html

PPPD 2015 Program in PDF

The Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day 2015 program is now available for download in .PDF format

Please keep in mind that it is formatted for printing, so there may be some blank pages in the beginning of the file.

Thank you!

Schedule for PPPD

As you can see, we have a full day of workshops and entertainment planned, so please come down to Clark Park and join the fun!

Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day
Clark Park
S. 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Call for Volunteers for Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day

Hail all!
As we draw closer toward getting the program set into place for our third Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day on September 5 at Clark Park, we are putting out calls for volunteers for the event. We are in particular need of extra hands to help with setup in the morning (7:00 AM-10:00 AM in particular).

Vendors often could use a hand with unloading or setting up tents. Although we are currently actively pursuing some sort of parking solution, the parking in the area can sometimes cause vendors to have to walk quite a distance between their vehicles and their tent sites.

Additionally, the PPPD board members have several tents and tables to set up, too, while still trying to help vendors, workshop presenters, performers, and attendees to get oriented. We'd welcome some more folks to help with set up.

We can certainly use volunteers at other times throughout the day (folks to help out at the main booth or to help performers set up/tear down, to keep an eye out for any potential trouble, to help with tear down at the end of the day, etc.).

If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more, please drop a note with your contact information to philadelphiapaganpride@gmail.com.


The Philadelphia Pagan Pride Board of Directors