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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Pagan?
    The following definition is for the purposes of the Pagan Pride Project. Others may define themselves or their group in different ways, and that’s OK. Some groups that fit the categories we list may not call themselves Pagan, and that’s ok too – that’s why we say that first and foremost the definition of a Pagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan. ​ A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories: ​ Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology; Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine; and/or Practicing religion that focuses on earth based spirituality.
  • Is the community open to people of all faiths and backgrounds?
    Yes, our charity is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds who share our values and commitment to service. We believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a better world, and we welcome and encourage diversity and inclusivity in all our activities and initiatives.
  • What is the mission of your charity, Crossroads Universal Inc.?
    Our charity is dedicated to promoting community, spiritual growth, and social justice through pagan values and practices. We seek to support those in need, empower our community at large, and foster a sense of connection and belonging among pagans and those who are willing to support us.
  • How can I get involved with your charity?
    There are many ways to get involved with our charity! You can volunteer your time, donate funds or supplies, attend our events, or simply spread the word about our mission. We welcome people of all backgrounds and spiritual paths who share our values and commitment to service.
  • What types of services does your charity provide?
    Our charity provides a range of services and support to individuals and communities in need. This may include food and clothing drives, disaster relief efforts, counseling and spiritual guidance, community building events, and advocacy for social justice causes.
  • Are you affiliated with any particular pagan tradition or organization?
    While our charity is inspired by pagan values and practices, we are not affiliated with any particular tradition or organization. We welcome individuals from all paths and beliefs who share our commitment to service and social justice.
  • How can I donate to your charity?
    You can donate to our charity by visiting our website and clicking on the "Donate" button. We accept donations of all sizes and types, including one-time gifts, monthly donations, and in-kind contributions of goods and services.
  • Can I receive tax deductions for my donations to your charity?
    Yes, our charity is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means that donations to us are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We will provide you with a receipt or acknowledgement of your donation for tax purposes.
  • How do I get to Pagan Pride Day?
    The address for Bedford Public Square is 730 Broadway Ave. Bedford, OH 44146 It is accessible from 271 and 480. Click For Map Of Directions
  • Who is invited to Pagan Pride Day?
    Pagan Pride Day is open to the general public, whether Pagan or non-Pagan. The purpose of our event is to encourage tolerance through education and information. The best way to do this is by our own example, demonstrating what are our beliefs truly are to those who come to learn about Paganism.
  • Which charities does the event support?
    Cleveland Pagan Pride is a subsidiary of Crossroads Universal Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We locally support the Southeast Clergy Food Bank.
  • How much does it cost to attendee the event?
    Entry into Cleveland Pagan Pride is free, but we ask for two non-perishable food item donations be made for the Southeast Clergy Food Bank. We do ask event attendees to register to help us prepare for the event.
  • Is the event accessible?
    Motorized wheelchairs and other forms of mobility assistance should not have issues navigating the site. There is handicapped parking directly behind the square and in the historic parking lot.
  • Are the rituals open to everyone?
    Yes, our rituals are open to all those attending the event, including children.
  • What is parking like around Bedford Square?
    There are public lots behind the square and across the street with free parking. Parking is available at the post office Saturday after 1 PM. There is also parking on both sides of the street down Broadway.
  • Are there restrooms?
    The public restrooms are directly behind the square in the train depot. They are handicap accessible.
  • What should I do when I arrive at the event?
    There will be folks welcoming at the various entryways into the park. They will be placing wristbands on each attendee so that we can get an accurate count for attendance. The Welcome crew will have event programs available. Food donations can be dropped off at the information booth, located in the circle, look for the big Pagan Pride flag.
  • How do I know what there is to do and see?
    Our Pride event offers many workshops, entertainment, and vendors for your enjoyment. Please check out the printed Event booklet available at the Information booth.
  • Will there be a photographer?
    This is a “Camera-Friendly” event. There will be an event photographer taking pictures for possible publication on our website. If you do not wish to be photographed, please avoid the camera. It is also possible that we will have photographers from the media there.
  • How can I help?
    We are always looking for those who are willing to spread the word for us about Cleveland Pagan Pride Days. We are looking for volunteers for the day of the event, vendors, and workshop presenters! If you’re interested in being a volunteer, feel free to complete an application through this site. We also always need help spreading the word, so share our site with your social media!
  • Is there cellular reception?
    Yes. There is good reception in the park.
  • Is there WiFi?
    WiFi access is not available in the park.
  • Can I bring my kids to this event?
    Of course! We currently offer family programming as part of the event. Please remember that your children are your responsibility and must remain under your supervision at all times – Cleveland Pagan Pride does not provide child care services.
  • Can I bring my pet to Cleveland Pagan Pride events?
    Service animals are welcome, of course, but please leave non-service animal companions at home.
  • How do I apply to be a vendor for an event?
    You can apply by going to the event page, such as "Cleveland Pagan Pride" and on the page navigate to "Vendors" to see the rules and application. Applications can be completed and emailed, mailed or provided in-person. Links and addresses are provided on the same webpage as well.
  • What are the sponsor / vendor rules?
    1. Please stick to your word: Vend what you agreed to vend. Showing up with extra face painters, card readers, hair braiders, and anything else a bored family members/booth helpers decided to do for free, is STRICTLY prohibited. We have had FAR too many arguments over the years due to vendors ignoring this rule and it will not only not be tolerated anymore, you will be asked to leave immediately (Your WHOLE booth with no request to cease and desist as in the past. We are simply tired of repeating this over and over and over.) and you will not be asked back. We do NOT like causing public scenes and ruining the event for other vendors, the staff and the public. Please consider that all Vendors are at the event to make money! 2. Imaginary Space Expansion: We don’t operate in the Tardis, please stick to your allotted space, unless previously discussed with the staff, and when we say previously, we mean MONTHS before the event, not while you are setting up. This includes excess living areas set up behind booths. A few chairs is understandable, a pop up is not. 3. Set up or shut down: Saturday mornings are a mess. Please show up on time and get set up quickly, then move your extras out of the way. We have had growing problems with Vendors showing up at Noon or later and expecting to set up, disrupting the event and the other Vendors. Plan ahead or stay home. Booths will not be broken down or packed up before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday regardless of weather unless instructed to do so by PPD Staff 4. Keeping it clean: -No tarps on the grass- No fires or fire bowls- Smokers must dispose of their butts-Clean up all of your own TRASH. Bring a bag and take it with you-All vendors are also responsible for the mess of their staff\children 5. Those pesky neighbors: Vendor tents and tent ropes must be marked clearly and safely out of walk ways. Bring fun ribbon in the color of your Quarter :) 6. Springing a leak: As many of you know, the park is provided with an “in ground” sprinkler system. This means ALL vendor tents along the sidewalks must be either completely butted up against the side walk OR at least 12” directly behind it. If the lines are ruptured in your area due to a misunderstanding of this rule, you will be responsible for compensating the City of Bedford for the damages. PLEASE READ THIS RULE AND FOLLOW IT TO THE LETTER. 7. Pimping your ride: We will make EVERY effort to assist all of you on set up, however, we need to stress that ALL OF YOUR VEHICLES be moved and parked in designated areas as SOON as they are unloaded. This means, put your goodies on the ground and have your “partners in crime” park the caravan. We are VERY limited on space. 8. WE LOVE MUSIC: If you wish to entertain in your quarters or areas we highly encourage it, however we ask that you speak to our vendor coordinator first. We try to schedule buskers every year and would like to arrange them accordingly. We will even be willing to shift you around into other areas if you so wish . We are working to make this event very popular and music is a welcomed and loved addition! All music must be acoustic and appropriate for the public. 9. Your Perfect Smile: We acquire a photographer every year to mark our event in pictures. We appreciate your privacy. If you do now want your booth photographed please let us know and we will be happy to respect your wishes, however please be advised that public photo and wide shots are inevitable.
  • What type of vendors are being accepted?
    Depending on the event, vendors are selected that are appropriate to the event. For example, the Cleveland Pagan Pride event is family-friendly, so we approve family-friendly vendor concepts only. During the CLE witches Ball, alternatively, this event is for adults 21+ during the Halloween season, so we may approve different vendors for that event. We encourage individuals, small businesses, companies, groups, and organizations to become a vendor at one of our events!
  • What type of sponsor levels are there?
    We offer multiple sponsor and vendor levels for each of our events. Our standard sponsor levels are... Earth Sponsorship For your $75 donation you will receive mention in our CAPPD program. Air Sponsorship For your $125 donation you will receive verbal recognition throughout the days of the event, and mention in the CAPPD program. Water Sponsorship For your $160 donation you will receive verbal recognition throughout the days of the event, mention in the CAPPD program, and a ¼ page ad space in the program. Fire Sponsorship For your $225 donation, you will receive verbal recognition the days of the event, your name in the program, a ½ page ad in the program and a 10×10 vending space. While this structure can vary per event, it is an example of how we have different levels and what could be included with the sponsorship. Specific vendor information can be found on each event page on this website.
  • When is the deadline to become a sponsor or vendor?
    For the Cleveland Pagan Pride 2023 event, the deadline to become a sponsor or vendor is March 31, 2023. Please note, spots are limited and could be sold out prior to this date.
  • When is the artwork due for sponsors/vendors?
    For the Cleveland Pagan Pride 2023 event, artwork is due no later than May 1, 2023.
  • What should I bring with me as a vendor?
    Aside from your products and equipment, you may want to bring promotional materials such as business cards, flyers, or brochures. You should also bring cash and a mobile payment system, in case some customers prefer to pay electronically.
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