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The 41st Annual Utah Pride Festival took place over the weekend of June 3-5, 2016. The Festival opened with prayer at the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service on Thursday, June 2 at First Baptist Church. Pride this year included the usual music, vendors, food, rallies, and parade.

SLPS has been participating with a booth at Pride since 2011. The first tarot readings were in 2012, which were free. In 2014, SLPS started charging $5 and uped it to $10 in 2015. This year’s booth was highly successful, bringing in a good income from the society as the annual fundraiser that sets the budget. Over 100 readings were done, many of which were palm readings.

Many companies and organizations participated, including Discover, Netflix, Vegan Leather Boundary, Utah Gay Rodeo Association, the City Library, and the Animal Shelter. Some great and diverse food vendors came including funnel cakes, pizza, Greek, Jamaican, Skewered Thai, Poutine Fries, and Sweet Roasted Corn.

Sunday was the busy day. SLPS marched in the parade with the interfaith in front of the rainbow flag. President Muad’Dib was asked to bless the flag this year, uttering the following prayer “Father Sky, Firm Earth, let this rainbow shine and open people’s pockets deep and fill her up! So mote it be!” Money thrown into the flag goes to the Utah Pride Center.

Tens of thousands people lined up on 200 S. to watch the parade. The route was reversed this year, with the floats, all 153 entries lining up along 200 W and the Salt Palace and ending at 400 E. A dozen or so protesters were seen, but they were in the minority.

The trees around the city and county building were certainly happy about the festival. President Muad’Dib was walking by an old sycamore when he felt how happy the tree was for the people. “The tree was smiling and looking around, just so happy to be giving its shade to people in the hot sun. It seemed they are lonely there, as its a government building, and they just want to connect with the people around them and provide for them. I think it’s nice then that the area is used for festivals so that the trees feel like they are being useful, giving of their resources like shade and comfort.”

Sunday was the very busy, with the festival squeezed to the brim! The Pride Center reported over 50,000 people attended the festival and 50,000 attended the parade over the weekend!

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone-Utah Pride, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Utah Pride History poster created by Muad’Dib, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Stesha Bowden, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Stesha Bowden, and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, clients, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, night at Tryangles, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade along 200 S. and 200 W. looking east, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox lined up, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Chuvaruh B’Yachad Reconstructionist Jews of Salt Lake, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, flag, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Rainbow Wizard Muad’Dib, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, attendees along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, protesters along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, in the parade along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking west, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking north, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking east, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, food vendors, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, The Big Burger food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Skewered Thai food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Sweet Roasted Corn food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Funnel Cake food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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President Muad’Dib discovered while going through the Utah Pride Center private archives a photo of the “Salt Lake Pagan Community” from the the 1995 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. “I didn’t know that the Pagans had been marching in the parade back then. I had thought perhaps that SLPS was the first to march in the parade, but I knew others could have, just there was no evidence. This year is the 26th year of the parade, so now we know they have marched before. SLPS began marching in the parade in 2011 with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.”

The LGBT community has had a long crossover into the Pagan community, as many of the members identify with both. It’s common that LGBT people find the Pagan community more accepting because of how personal the spirituality of Paganism is and how many various paths people walk. Paganism allows individuals to explore facets of deity, the inside self, and the universe they hadn’t previously without putting them into a box or creating a cookie cutter mentality. Often Paganism is more fulfilling than larger organized religion.

The Utah Pride Center has photographs from various events that will be transferred to the Marriott Library Special Collections Archives at the University of Utah this year under the leadership of President Muad’Dib, who works as the library director at the center. The picture below will soon be available for everyone to access in the Multimedia Division. If anyone can identify the individuals, please send SLPS an email or leave a comment.

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What a busy weekend! SLPS Participated in the Utah Pride Festival events on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Things kicked off with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition‘s Interfaith Service for healing on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7pm. The service was one of helping people to gain peace and understand with the divine. The Theme “Sacred Embraces Real” emphasized the Utah Pride Festival’s Theme “Gotta Be Real”. Saturday, June 1,2013 Continued the interfaith with the interfaith Rally and March from First United Methodist Church in downtown Salt Lake City on 200 E 200 S to the Festival at 200 E and 400 S. Along the way, the march joined up with the Transgender March and the Dyke March.

After the march, SLPS opened the tent for business with Free Tarot Readings. Special mermaid readings were available from MerQueen Lei Loni Tilley, Founder and Queen of the Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake. Witch’s Runes were also being read by Azetta, Seedling of the Blue Dragon. President Muad’Dib used his Deviant Moon Tarot, Piggy had the Rider-Waite, Lunar Oak Spirit had the Shamanic Tarot, and Woman Between the Wolves was on the Robin Wood Tarot.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 brought the Utah Pride Festival Parade at 10 am. SLPS marched in robes and hates with the Utah Pride Interfaith section. After the exhausting march down 200 S, SLPS returned and did more free readings for people at the festival. It is estimated that 300 people stopped by the booth and had their cards, cartouche or runes read. What a great way to give service to the LGBT community! SLPS is excited to return next year for a fourth year!

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith March l to r: Woman Between the Wolves, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Muad’Dib, Lunar Oak Spirit, First United Methodist Church,Saturday, June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Booth, L to r (behind the table)-Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Janelle Baguley, and Willow Figueroa (mermaid), Saturday, June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival, Pandora Boxx on Stage, Saturday, June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade, l to r: Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, Patrick Lucero, Cheyanne Opheikens, Iyata Bond, Harley Tilley, Willow Figueroa, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade, l to r: Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, Patrick Lucero, Cheyanne Opheikens, Iyata Bond, Harley Tilley, Willow Figueroa, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade, lining up to walk with Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition, l to r: Lei Loni and Harley Tilley, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Lunar Oak Spirit (green skirt), and Patrick Lucero, 400 E near 400 S, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade Marching west on 200 S and 400 E, l to r: Willow Figueroa (wheelchair), Harley Tilley, Shy Fox, Iyata Bond (middle red) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Booth, l to r (behind table): Muad’Dib (holding cards), Cheyanne Opheikens, Shy Fox and Lunar Oak Spirit (hat), Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Booth, left side Savanna Cunningham (l in red) and Danielle Donaldson, right side front to back: Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Callista Dreamwalker and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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This year has showered man opportunities among us in the LGBTQ community. As a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition, we are allowed to march in the Sunday morning parade! Come dressed in robes, hats and staffs and be ready to carry our banner.

Time: Line up at 8:30 am

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011

Location: 300 E 400 S

We need people who can march to come and hold the banner, three people would be nice!

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