Yuletide Sock Drive

Socks are one of the most requested items at homeless shelters, but they are also one of the least-donated items.

From December 17, 2016 (Parade of Spirits - Krampuslauf Philadelphia) through January 1, 2016, Distelfink Sippschaft will be collecting new, unworn socks for folks in need. We need all sizes, from baby to adult male. Practical socks, fun socks, fuzzy socks, holiday socks, argyle socks are all needed!

Stock up stacks of socks and stockings and help to bring warmth to the feet of those in need this Yuletide!

Contact Robert L. Schreiwer (schreiwer@urglaawe.org) for collection sites. The first location will be at Parade of Spirits/Krampuslauf in Liberty Lands Park.

Donations will be directed to homeless shelters in the Delaware Valley.

Delaware Valley Pagan Clergy Submission Form

Let's build a list of Clergy folk in the Delaware Valley Pagan Network. 

Please note that the information submitted will be made public, so please do not share anything that you do not wish to have available publicly.

Parade of Spirits (formerly Krampuslauf Philadelphia)

Time to start planning for this wonderful, participatory event! Get your costume ready!

Parade of Spirits
Liberty Lands Park
Saturday, December 17, 2016
3:30 PM arrival
Parade begins around dusk

The Parade of Spirits in Philadelphia reflects the Wild Hunt throughout the realms. Come in costume as Krampus or as your favorite mythological shadow side creature from any tradition!

Vendor and Workshop Applications Closing Tonight

Alert! We will be closing the vendor and workshop application pages tonight! If you are interested in either, please sign up now! 

Vendor and Workshop Applications Still Available!

Philadelphia Pagan Pride is going to be huge this year, so we are keeping the application open for Vendors and Workshops until we are ready to work on the program. 

As long as the applications are up, registration is open. When registration is closed, the interface will disappear. Since we are already beyond the scheduled registration closing, though, the interface will be taken down with little warning when we stop accepting new applications. Thus, please do get registered now! 

Thank you!

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

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!

ROBERT L. SCHREIWER
DELAWARE VALLEY PAGAN NETWORK

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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. :)