Event fosters Pagan pride in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY – Dozens of people came together for the 12th annual Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day, despite the rain on Saturday.

The event included workshops, live music, belly dancing troops and a variety of vendors.

Salt Lake City Pagan Pride helps foster pride in a pagan identity and seeks to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs. Christian Roberts is a board member with Salt Lake Pagan Pride, and he said many people misunderstand pagans.

“People are afraid generally or mistrustful of that which they don't understand, that's just human nature,” he said. “It's perfectly understandable. So we are out here to tell people here we are, we're your neighbors, we're your friends, we're your bankers, we're your coworkers.”

The event was open to the public, but event organizers suggested attendees donate a can of non-perishable food.