When and Where is Rhode Island Pagan Pride Day 2019?

Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Johnston Memorial Park
1583 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI
click here for directions

Where can I get an application to vend, perform or present?
Marketplace application

What is the vendor fee and space size? And what do I need to bring?
$50 for a 10′ x 10′ outdoor space
$75 for a 10×10 sheltered space
FREE 10×10 outdoor space for non-profits and RI groups

This is a juried marketplace and applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Space is limited to 2 spaces per merchant.

You need to bring everything you require to set up your space outdoors in any weather. (i.e tent, tables, chairs, displays, etc.) This is a rain or shine event and will only be canceled for severe weather. RIPPD does not provide electricity or any other items for your Marketplace set up.

Do I need a RI Tax Certificate?
Yes, all merchants who are selling merchandise need a RI tax certificate. Temporary certificates can be obtained at the event. The fee is $10 payable in cash at the beginning of the event. Merchants are responsible for completing the tax form and turning it in at the welcome table with taxes collected at the end of the event. RIPPD will submit forms and taxes collected to the state of RI. Merchants are responsible for keeping record of the taxes they collect for their own tax purposes. The RI tax rate is 7%.

Merchants who are only offering services do not need a tax certificate.

Are presenters and performers paid for their service?
We are unable to pay presenters and performers for their service, this is not-for-profit organization and we rely on volunteers from the community who are willing to share their time and talent for the greater good of educating the general public about the traditions and practices of paganism.

We are grateful for the talented teachers, artists and performers who support the Pagan Pride Project and as a showing of our gratitude, we will give a 10′ x 10′ outdoor space to those who give their time in this way at RIPPD 2019.

What exactly is Pagan Pride Day?
The Pagan Pride Project has three elements designed to increase community good will and public relations towards Paganism: a public ritual or celebration open to Pagans, non-Pagans, passersby, and onlookers; press releases and public relations activities designed to encourage positive media portrayal of Pagans and Paganism; and a food and materials drive for a local charity, food bank, shelter, or refuge, to symbolize both Pagan responsibilities to their town, city, or state and in honor of the various Thanksgiving holidays common to most Pagan traditions held around Fall Equinox.

For more information on the Pagan Pride Project, visit their website at paganpride.org

Do you need volunteers?
Yes, we certainly do! RIPPD is an all volunteer event and we rely on community members to help us on the day of the event to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Click here to see what we need for help and to sign up to be a RIPPD Volunteer.

Where do I find the event schedule?
The event schedule will be published in late August.

Will there be food and drinks?
Yes, there will be delicious food at the RI Conscious Cafe, run by the RI Pagan Pride Day Committee. We will be offering healthy lunch options including vegetarian fare and gluten-free. We are committed to running a green event, therefore, the Cafe will be using bio-degradable plates, cups, and wooden utensils to ensure that we are fully eco-conscious.

Will RIPPD be collecting donations for  charity?
This year you will have 2 charities to chose from. Amos House that serves the homeless and needy and Rhode Island and North Kingstown Animal Shelter a no-kill animal shelter.

Amos House is a leading social service agency in Rhode Island, managing the largest soup kitchen in the state, providing social services to over 15,000 people a year and housing nearly 165 men, women and children a night. More than 500 adults have graduated from its training programs.

We will be collecting:

  • Hygiene items—full sized shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving crème, razors, female protection products, soap (bars and liquid)
  • Rolls of toilet paper and paper towels
  • All sizes of diapers

For more information on Amos House, go to their website at www.amoshouse.com

North Kingstown Animal Shelter is a no-kill Pet Refuge is operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League (NKEAPL), which was founded and incorporated in 1968. They are a private, nonprofit organization supported by on-going fundraising events and donations of time, money, and resources from friends, members, business and community leaders. The mission of the no-kill Pet Refuge is to provide a warm home for abused and neglected animals and also for those animals who can no longer remain in their homes for a variety of reasons.

We will be collecting:

  • Canned cat food and kitten food
  • Cat litter
  • Cat toys (with or without catnip)
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • 39-gallon trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Laundry detergent
  • Gift cards to stores that sell cat food and supplies (i.e. Stop & Shop, Petsmart, Petco, Shaws)

For more information about the North Kingstown Animal Shelter, visit their website at nkeapl.org