PARADE OF LOST SOULS

The Time-Honoured Commercial Drive Tradition
Attended Annually by Over 10,000 Lost Souls
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 Parade   7-10PM 

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 Parade of Lost Souls: S.O.S. | November 2, 2019 

for the thousands of lost souls that join us every year to meander along its route. 

 

Parade takes place each year on or near October 31st - All Hallows' Eve - in the Commercial Drive area. In keeping with the decades-old tradition, the parade route is kept a well-guarded secret, announced only the midnight the before. And the party doesn't stop at the end of the parade. Celebrations continue through the night at the always sold-out Lost Souls After Party

 

We aim to inspire the performer and maker in all of us! As part of the festivities leading up to Parade, the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret provides a variety of workshops offering opportunities to dance, play music, tickle your creative maker bone, and to participate in parade performances. 

 

Stay creative, and we'll see you next year at the Parade of Lost Souls. 

Each year, 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 that it serves. It is a parade of spectacle and performance, an inclusive celebration

A Celebration of Life & Death

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Official 2018 Parade Poster

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  Donate to Parade  

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 donate and join us each year - dressed in wondrous costumes! If you are able, please donate to help us raise funds for next year's parade! We are eternally grateful!

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  Get Involved  

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?

 

We're not recruiting performers or volunteers just yet, but if you're interested, drop us a line!      

 
 

2015 PoLS Festival

In 2017, the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret proudly presented Parade of Lost Souls: Altar Ego!

2017 PoLS Festival

   Altar Ego!   

Last year’s Parade invited you to alter your ego, with the 2017 theme “Altar Ego”…Bring your own altar and we will have a place for you. Let the reverie and the revelry begin here, at the Parade of Lost Souls! 

When &Where We Marched

Returning, as in tradition on the Saturday closest to All Hallows' Eve, the Parade of Lost Souls: Altar Ego marched on October 28, 2017 in East Vancouver. 

Parade of Lost Souls ALTAR EGO, featured Altar Ego Plaza, Third Eye Birds Eye Plaza, Cerebral Pathway, Threshold Alley, Carving Pavilion, Telegraph Arch,  and Thalumus Stage.

Special Thanks to: Britannia Community Services Centre, City of Vancouver, Canada Heritage, BC Arts Council, and the community of East Vancouver

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The Producers

Kat Single-Dain    {Artistic Director}

Shoy     {Production Manager}

Julia Siedlanowska     {Stage Manager, 1st Production Assistant, Public Outreach Officer, Transportation}

Steve Gairns    {Web & Social Media}

Ron Skolney-Elverson    {Head of Installations}

Naina Varshney    {Public Relations Offier}

   Past Funerary Processions   

   The Wild!   

Last year, we celebrated The Wild, where we invited you to follow your instincts and transform into a wild thing. We share this landscape with creatures of all sort, both the animal kingdom of our wild west coast, and the fantastical creatures we've seen in our stories and our dreams. The creatures of stories and dreams came alive! On this night, we explored what is useful about our wild roots and reunited with our greater family of creatures for this time when the barriers between worlds were thin.

Inside All of Us is Hope.

Inside All of Us is Fear.

Inside All of Us is Adventure.

Inside All of Us is...

A Wild Thing.

 

 

~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are ~

When &Where We Marched

Returning, as in tradition on the Saturday closest to All Hallows' Eve, the Parade of Lost Souls: The Wild marched on October 29, 2016 in East Vancouver. 

The Producers

Kat Single-Dain    {Artistic Director}

Michelle Wishart    {Production Manager}

Steve Gairns    {Co-Art Director/ Web & Social Media}

Chelsea Louise Grant    {Co-Art Director}

Jenny Lee Craig    {Production Administrator}

Special Thanks to: Britannia Community Services Centre, City of Vancouver, Canada Heritage, BC Arts Council, and the community of East Vancouver

   Tricksters' Treat!   

In 2015, we celebrated the unexpected and found our freedom in a homage to mythology's most infamous tricksters. Accompanied by Tricksters, Storytellers, Vixens and Shapeshifters, the Parade of Lost Souls marched through Pyschopomp Alley and Rascals' Row, to nest at The Roost in East Vancouver. 

"The Future is a Trickster Rabbit. Only the Past is Predictable." 

 

~ James Howe ~

When &Where We Marched

Returning, as in tradition on the Saturday closest to All Hallows' Eve, the Tricksters' Treat! marched on All Hallows' Eve - October 29, 2016 in East Vancouver. 

The Producers

Kat Single-Dain    {Artistic Director}

Michelle Wishart    {Production Manager}

Steve Gairns    {Lead Designer/ Web & Social Media}

Chelsea Louise Grant    {Lead Designer}

Jenny Lee Craig    {Production Administrator}

Cast of Lost Souls

"The Trickster's Function is to Break Taboos, Create Mischief, Stir Things Up. In the End, the Trickster Gives People What They Really Want, Some Sort of Freedom."

 

~ Tom Robbins ~

Special Thanks to: Britannia Community Services Centre, City of Vancouver, Canada Heritage, BC Arts Council, and the community of East Vancouver

MYTHOLOGICAL TRICKSTERS

"The trickster's function is to break taboos, create mischief, stir things up. In the end, the trickster gives people what they really want, some sort of freedom." - Tom Robbins

   Masquerade   

Parade of Lost Souls anew, we are reminded of the cycles of life and death that transcend cultures and unify all souls. The Life and Death of Civilizations. A mad procession of spirits, faeries, animals and lost souls, we recognize the shifting nature of our existence and our place in the animal kingdom, bringing the community together in a unique and participatory experience where the spectator and the spectacle are united. This also marked the first year of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret's sole production of the Parade. 

When &Where We Marched

Returning, as in tradition on the Saturday closest to All Hallows' Eve, the Masquerade! marched on November 1, 2014 in East Vancouver. 

The Producers

Kat Single-Dain    {Artistic Director}

Jeanette Bishop    {Art Director}

Jenny Lee Craig    [Event Producer]

Candy Roberts   [Social Media]

Chelsea Louise Grant    {Lead Installation Designer}

Steve Gairns    {Lead Installation Designer}

Cast of Lost Souls

"If We Are Lost, Then We Are Lost Together..."

Special Thanks to: Britannia Community Services Centre, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, and the community of East Vancouver

   A Gathering   

In 2013, it was back to the original inspiration, which is the Day of the Dead [Dia de Muertos] ceremonies and all of the harvest festivals that happen all around the world at this time. It was a year for transition, passing, celebration and ceremony, and a return to the source! This year marked the end of a generation, with the Parade of Lost Souls being co-produced by the former Public Dreams Society and the new producers, Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society. In the year's following, Parade production was taken over by the DFC. 

When &Where We Marched

Returning, as in tradition on the Saturday closest to All Hallows' Eve, the Parade of Lost Souls: A Gathering! gathered on October 26, 2013 in East Vancouver. 

The Producers

Kat Single-Dain    {Artistic Director}

Jenny Lee Craig    [Event Producer]

Jeanette Bishop    {Head of Install]

Mallory Grant    [Outreach and Public Relations]

Cast of Lost Souls

“We may all be lost…And if we are, we are most certainly lost together. Let the revelry begin, at the Parade of Lost Souls.”

Special Thanks to: Britannia Community Services Centre, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, and the community of East Vancouver

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