Turn your minds to the sea, smell the salt, feel the breeze. The Parade of Lost Souls Vancouver 2019 is Marine Themed. “S.O.S. Save our Souls” echoes through the streets. Dive in. Hold your breath. Float and glide on the waves. The water is on our minds and in our bodies and we will both celebrate and grieve it together in the Parade of Lost Souls. Because, If we are lost, then we are lost together. (Cuddy/Keelor)
THIS IS YOUR EVENT! For you and by you! Let the reverie and the revelry begin here, at the Parade of Lost Souls! Conceptualized and produced by the beloved Public Dreams Society for over twenty-five years, the Parade lives on under the direction of its producer since 2014, The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret.
When & Where To March
Returning, as in tradition on the last Saturday in October, the Parade of Lost Souls will take place on November 2, 2019. The parade route has been revealed below. Keep checking into the website and social media feeds for updates and other exciting surprises along the way!
Parade of Little Souls
Ho! ho! ho! Merry Hallowe’en! May the little souls in our life light up the night and Save Our Souls! Parade of Little Souls is for the children who want to join in on the colourful and dazzling festivities! Meet at the Britannia Library. Procession starts at 7pm.
Lost Souls After-Party
You’ve resurrected your identities, faced your fears, saved your souls, and now it’s time to shake those bones and rejoice! Following the Parade of Lost Souls, the party continues through the night at the LOST SOULS AFTER-PARTY, this year again at The Wise Hall. Doors at 9pm, with live music, visuals and performances. Proudly presented by Live at the WISE and the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, this year we SAVE OUR SOULS.
Join in the revelry early and prepare yourself for the parade by participating in one of many artist-led community workshops in dance, music, art and costuming.
As All Hallows’ Eve crawls slowly from the autumn mist, preparations are well underway for the Parade of Lost Souls Festival. The annual tradition, a decades-old East Vancouver mainstay, is refuge and release, community and collective for thousands of lost souls. Participants of the Parade of Lost Souls Festival gather together to redefine their ideas of community engagement; to reconnect with one another, and with ourselves, in a celebration of the cycles of life and death. The festival’s true popularity lies in its ability to inspire and accentuate the creativity of those who attend. The Parade of Lost Souls is proof that we have not lost our link to the richness and depth of the ritual celebrations of our ancestors.
The Parade of Lost Souls is organized by, and for, the community it serves. It is a parade of spectacle and performance, an inclusive celebration for the thousands of lost souls that join every year to meander along its route.
It takes a tremendous amount of effort and funding to stage this event, and The Public Dreams Society is always on the lookout for energetic volunteers, artists and donors to join their team. The festival continues to be successful because of the creative artists and performers who share their talents, the hard-working volunteers who keep them running, and the larger community who join each year – dressed in wondrous and creative costumes!
Parade donations can be made online, or at the event, and volunteer and performance opportunities can be found in the “Get Involved” section below. Public Dreams Society is eternally grateful for your generosity!
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