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PHOTO GALLERY: Pagan Pride Day

Sunday, September 27, 2009 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 12:39 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 28, 2009
Katie Masters, 15, dances with a hula-hoop to the sound of the band Elvendrums at the 7th annual Pagan Pride Day at Peace Park on Sunday, Sept. 27. Masters goes by the stage name Virtuous Luna.

COLUMBIA — The Roots ’N Blues ’N Barbecue Festival may have only ended the night before, but another gathering was already underway on Sunday afternoon. The seventh annual Pagan Pride Day, held in Peace Park, welcomed vendors and performers and showed off the diversity of the Pagan religion and culture. A stage was set up in the center of the park and featured dancers with bright scarves, drummers with elf ears and even a jazz saxophonist. Vendors sold jewelry, clothing and books explaining Paganism.

Susan Mohlman, left, and Dee Solindas, two members of the group Elvendrums, play at the 7th annual Pagan Pride Day in Peace Park on Sunday, Sept. 27. Mohlman goes by the stage name of 'Phookasoo', a combination of the name of a shape-shifting fairy and a pun off of a southern name. Solindas goes by 'Devan', a reference to an Earth spirit.
Shena Thomas of the Deva Dancers performs at the 7th annual Pagan Pride Day in Peace Park on Sept. 27. The dance troupe has been performing for 15 years in mid-Missouri.

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