OCTOBER 31, 2020
Tune in to Co-op Radio Vancouver
at 100.5 FM from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Parade of Lost Souls may look a little different this year, but it will still be the interactive community event that it has always been. Follow these links to get prepared for the festivities, and make sure to check out the Schedule of Events and Things to Make & Gather below.
Local artist Ari De La Mora, who will be featured on the Parade radio show, recommends this video explaining how to make a Shrine or Altar.
Local artist Ari De La Mora, who will be featured on the Parade radio show, recommends this video explaining how to make a Pinata.
Join your neighbours (from the safety of your home) in the Campfire sing-a-long. Download the lyrics and musical scores and sing and/or play along.
This year's Parade will be an INTERACTIVE RADIO BROADCAST. Tune into 100.5FM Co-op Radio in Vancouver at 6:30pm on October 31st to listen live and follow along with the festivities. You can also listen live on the web or download the broadcast here.
Parade of Lost Souls: The Wild Side
This year's theme is broad to cover the gamut of costumes and characters you may already be thinking about, as Parade night falls on Hallowe'en by chance this year! We invite you to 'take a look on the wild side'.....of yourself, your neighborhood, and of the world right now. At this, another turning point in history, what are the next steps for our unique primate species known as humankind? What if we shifted our perspective for one night and took a look from The Wild Side for some answers?
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.
Schedule of Events
OPENING, TIPS & TRICKS, and SPECIAL GUESTS
The 7pm Cheer starts off our RADIO DANCE PARTY
Brush up your Square Dance Moves & Terminology
GAMES, STORYTELLING & CAMPFIRE SING ALONG
Get your guitars out! Each song will be led on the radio and we will post chords and lyrics here.
(Check back on October 15th)
Be ready with your flashlights or other light makers for the Light Dance.
CLOSING CEREMONY and CIRCLE
When &Where We CELEBRATE
This year we will not gather in one place, but we will gather in every place. We, the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society, invite you all to celebrate within your 'bubble' of families, friends, and community. We invite you to a Program of Activities that you will do on your own front yard or balcony, outside, where we can all be together...from a distance. Look to your neighbours on the left. Look to your right! We may need to isolate, but we do not need to be isolated. Now is the perfect time to become a community.
Every minute of our Lost Souls programming will be led by radio broadcast and podcast, so you don't need to memorize the list of activities here. However, you will want to prepare your costume. See the list of things to prepare below, and gather chairs around a fire pit in your front yard (gas and propane fire pits are perfectly legal in Vancouver). And, if you happen to live in East Vancouver, a "surprise" may pass you by during the program. Check back on October 15th for instructional links for select activities below.
Things to Make &Gather
CANDLES & DECORATIONS for your outdoor/ covered space
SHRINE to honour and remember loved ones or ideas
CHAIRS for each person
PINATA that you may make ahead of time
APPLES tied to STRINGS tied to BRANCHES for the APPLE EATING GAME
FLASHLIGHTS and other LIGHT MAKERS for a LIGHT DANCE led by the DJ
FIND A STONE or an object from nature for the CLOSING CEREMONY
HOMEMADE FLAG or any fabric tied to a stick
As All Hallows’ Eve crawls slowly from the autumn mist, preparations are well underway for the Parade of Lost Souls. 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 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 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 us every year.
It takes a tremendous amount of effort and funding to stage this event, and we are always on the lookout for energetic volunteers, artists and donors to join our team. The festival continues to be successful because of the creative artists and performers who share their talents, our hard-working volunteers who keep us running, and the larger community who join us each year - dressed in wondrous and creative costumes!
Parade donations can be made online and volunteer and performance opportunities can be found in the “Get Involved” section below. We are eternally grateful for your generosity!
for thousands of lost souls.
Happening at your Place.
Lighting up the Sky.
One Home at a Time.
Parade of Lost Souls can only exist through the generous donations of the community who support it. It costs many tens of thousands to put on the parade each year: covering everything from permitting to insurance, security, artist fees, and built infrastructure. And, while this year may be a little different, we hope to continue putting on the Parade again and again for many years ahead.
Help Keep Parade Alive!
Please consider donating whatever you can afford. Your donations will help keep the parade alive this year and for years to come.
Enjoy this year's Parade. We tip ours masks to you!
Since its first rising, the Parade of Lost Souls has been a grass-roots festival planned, organized and performed by, and for, the community that it serves. It's creativity, success and contributions to the community are the result of the tireless efforts of an astounding, talented and hard-working group of souls. But, we can always use more help. Won't you be one of those souls?
Call for Artists, Performers &Makers
Calling all artists and performers! We are extending an invitation to you, our community of artists, performers and friends, to find your own inspiration and join us in creating this festival of celebration and ceremony.
Are you a performer, have a costume or a moving installation, or know someone who does? We would like to hear from you! Email us at the link below.