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Fall of Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani! (an amusing account of PPPL2019)

Fall Jack of London, and the (re)birth of Mani!
(an amusing account of Pagan Pride Parade London 2019)

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At first look, it brought everyone a laugh, and at 2nd look it made me feel a bit disappointed – that after all that dancing on Church steps, Jack of London was fine…but some dancing with ladies in the fountain ended in the fall of Jack.

And at 3rd look, as I sat in the garden sipping coffee, the whole magic of it finally sunk in…! It was no a fall ..but a watery birth..for me!! And Jack of London is now ehhh ..my `mother’ 

A full week before Pagan Pride Parade London 2019, I started to make the `Jack of London’ (that’s the name I’ve given him..as he’s not quite a full Jack..nor a full horned god..both are seen in him). As any serious magicians would do, I did a quick tarot reading for the significance of this `Jack’. I drew 2 cards.. one his significance in my life, and one..his significance for people of London..as he is supposed to be heading the parade. got The Tower fr me, and Chariot for Londoners. And I was quite happy with it..though had no idea how it was going to unfold.

And I spent the next 6 days and nights making the Jack that can be lightweight and easy flat-pack to carry by me in trains/ tubes..but also had to be quick and easy to assemble …and must be good enough for both me and Ian to carry..as I had already asked him to help. (he is always partially carrying other Jacks in other festivals..so I wanted to give one with his name on it..and one designed magically with him in mind as much as me..).

On the day all went well.. (well..I finished Jack by 5.30am that morning…had 3 hrs sleep and was at Russell square by 11am to start assembling him. My Rochester Witchy friends came to visit. Reggie bought me coffee. Long missed friends Peter & Hannah came to say hi..and many others. It started to get crowdy..and i moved away to focus..

My partner Louisa arrived 10 minutes to spare.. after settling her 3 kids with babysitter. So no time for making her a beautiful crown.. or one for me.. it took 30 seconds to twist some ivy and willow from my garden and make us quick crown. Magic won more than magnificence or pageantry. Clock was ticking,.

Then came the parade.. Louisa & Rachel kept Jack’s sides from hitting things.. Ian led Jack…so through a small window..from inside Jack.. I could just about see his head..and had to trust him .. and follow…in the streets of London.
What a thrill and joy it was.. dancing freely, shagging trees and lamp-posts, Jack went on his merry ways of fun and frolic. (he is a symbol of fun and fertility and magic.. I had no control of him…he even went up on some church steps and danced..and tried getting in the road and smirk at buses and people).

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2019.  photo (c) David Weeden

For a third of the journey in the middle of the route, from Atlantis Bookshop to Treadwells bookshop, my (Hern’s Tribe) Tribal brother Ian carried the Jack in the streets.. and I had the honour of carrying his sacred Bridie doll.. (that has magical echoes in this tale too..as you’ll see). And my partner Louisa carried Ian’s special staff with a Hare on it.. (fertility anyone?!)

Then the return to fountain..and dancing..
And I was initially not going into the Fountain. I didn’t know if Jack was going to peel off his paper-mache face in the water  But he did go in.. nudged and pushed by a bevy of pagan maidens wanting to frolic with him.. (disclaimer: any ensuing pregnancies are not the fault of Jack!! 

Then from inside I could feel water gushing up all over me.. and pressures in different directions…and I could feel me slipping..(Jack is heavy and bulky.. and at best of conditions hard to carry / manage…,so imagine in a fountain with all those people pushing and pulling..and the water too..playing its forceful part).

I had a choice of resist and get hurt..or trust and let go.. I trusted and let go and fell.. Lucky no bamboo broke and pierced my legs or my heart (note t self: Health & safety assessment next year on carrying Jack!)

And David and others seem to have caught the fall of Jack in the fountain..

Looking at this photo and mulling over it.. a remarkable and amusing realisation came over me.

It was Jack of Green who fell.. and aided by a few ladies and gent, I was pulled out.. The whole thing happened in the Fountain… It was a magical watery birth..by any other name..and right out in the open, in front of all those Londoners. 

Jack stood up and stayed in the fountain a bit longer.. then dried up in the Sun…recovering from all that birth pain no doubt.

As for the question of paternity… I created Jack with greens and Antlers..after my God Hern and Green man. and Jack rebirthed me.. I am father and the Son..and Jack is Son and mother. Yeah …bit complicated..right?
That’s paganism for you.  

-Mani `McJack’ (Son of Jack)

Come join Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 (on 12th May’19)

London’s annual Pagan Pride Parade is the longest running Pagan Pride event in the world! Each year, Pagans of all paths, traditions and faiths, come together to make themselves known to the people of London and express their spirit of pride. With costumes, flags, banners, drums, and song, we march through the streets of London, celebrating Paganism.

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Feel free to wear your finest pagan attire, wear a mask, dress as magical creatures or come as you are and walk with us carrying banners and flags, singing or making some noise with the Drummers and Morris dancers.

We gather at the fountain at at 12 before setting off around 1 to parade the streets of London, Marshall’s will remain at the beautiful park ( with cafe and toilets) with those of you unable to walk the whole route, giving you chance to browse the stalls selling all manner of weird and wonderful items. The celebrations will continue when the parade returns to the Fountain at Russel Square Gardens

Join our Community group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Join us in being a part of this great tradition.

Meeting point/ base:
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH

Find us in the middle of the park, by the fountain.

Gather from 12 midday
Parade starts at 1pm

Nearest Tubes:
Russel Square (Piccadilly Line)
Holborn (Central Line, Piccadilly Line)

Feel free to bring food to picnic with us, or there is a cafe in Russell Square.

Children welcome – Totally family friendly!

Those who want to celebrate, but don’t feel able to take part in the parade walk, can still join us in Russell Square to enjoy the day with everyone.

Crowd Funding ———
(please donate any amount you like using this secure link)
http://paypal.me/PaganPrideLondon

Uptill now we have just about managed to foot expenses ourselves but this year we are setting up a crowdfunding initiative, so that all other pagans can donate whatever amount you can, and help us pay for council applications, insurance and other running costs.

Click the paypal link, and donate any amount (£) you wish to donate.
Thank you.

About Organisers———:
Pagan Pride Parade London 2019 – is supported by The Pagan Federation: London, Atlantis Bookshop, and organised by a team of volunteers including Geraldine, Christalla, Hildegard, Rebekka, Luthaneal, Geoff, Philip and Mani. PPPL is also stewarded by numerous volunteers, and joined by ever increasing number of Drummers, Morris Dancers, and of course Pagan-folks from all around the Country.

-Mani Navasothy

TODAY: The Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 (20th anniversary)

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London!

Pagan Pride Parade London 2018 -event coverSunday, 13th May 2018.
12 midday – 6pm
Russell Square, London, WC1B 5, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)

This event is FREE
Join us to celebrate Paganism in all its forms, by marching in the oldest Pagan Pride Parade in the UK.

We will all gather in Russell Square from 12pm, where our team of organisers will be located by the central water fountain. Then, at 1pm we will begin the march of our parade.

With giants, dragons, drummers and dancers, we’ll take over the streets of London and let our Pagan banner fly high. Get dressed up in your finest Pagan attire, perhaps don a mask, bring a drum or another instrument. Whatever you want to show your Pagan spirit.

At the end of the parade, we will all return to Russell Square, where we will continue to make merry, with Morris Dancers, stalls and a picnic.
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Please bring your own food for the picnic, or alternatively, you can get lunch in the Russell Square café, located in the park, right next to where we’ll be.

This event is completely free, family friendly and a great day out where you can meet like minded people from all across London and further afield. So, be sure to join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Pagan Pride Parade London.

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Join our group/ community to stay connected at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaganPrideParadeLondon/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/104953780319859/

-Mani, Hildegard, Luth, Phil, Geoff, Rebekah

Pagan Pride Parade London 2017 – TODAY

Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London!   I have been attending these for many years, and have  helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis.  So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.

******Family Friendly  & Free event*****

• Bring your drums

• Bring Banners

• Wear masks & Colourful Pagan costumes

• Carry Staffs (no sharp weapons/ swords!!)

• Make `Giants’ and bring them..

See you there

-Mani

Pagan Pride 2017!!!!

Gather with us in London, for this year’s Pagan Pride Parade. (organised by `Pagan Federation London’)

Break out your broomsticks, don your floral crowns, hold the heathen hammer high and bang your drums proudly – because we’re taking to the streets to fly the Pagan flag and celebrate the freedom of our faiths.

Drummers, Banners Holders, Parade Giants, Fairies, Floats and Pagans of all stripes, join us for a day of fun and festivities.

We’ll be gathering in Russell Square and then marching our parade through the streets, before returning back to Russell Square for a communal picnic and frivolity.

Gather at Russell Square from 12:00noon for preparations, dressing up, etc .  Parade starts at 1pm.

Nearest Tube: Russel Square (5 minutes) ; Holborn (10 minutes)

Bring your own food and drink for the picnic or get your food on the day from the Russell Square cafe.

Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum. It has a central plaza and water feature, which has become a popular place for Pagans to dance and make merry, year after year.
There is a cafe which is open all year round and expansive lawns and vibrant floral displays.

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Pagan Pride Parade London 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:30 PM

Russell Square Gardens
Woburn Place London , GB

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Dear all, join me for this great annual event in Central London!   I have been attending these for many years, and have  helped out/ carried Giants/ been appointed as one of the `Guardians’ of this event by original organiser Jeanette Ellis.  So it thrills me to announce the ongoing success of this.******Family Friendly  & Free event*****• Bring …

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