While thought of as a staple of East Vancouver, the Parade of Lost Souls has had a rocky history. This year, however, the Public Dreams Society has joined with the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret to ensure that the Parade of Lost Souls walks again on October 26, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30pm.
While not really a Halloween themed event, the parade of lost souls borrows from the tradition of Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Costumes are highly encouraged, as the parade celebrates life and “depth”.
What’s special about the Parade of Lost Souls is that the event is shrouded in mystery. The location of the walk does not get announced until 12 am on the morning of Saturday, October 26th and then the actual parade route is only given through whispered directions.
In recent years, the parade has traveled around East Vancouver in the Commercial Drive area and featured performances of all sorts, interactive art installations, and a great, enchanting experience.
This year aims to be a smaller and cozier event, an “imitate affair – after all, magical things come in small packages”.
Like many other events in the city, the Parade of Lost Souls is run by volunteers. If you are interested in helping (there are a lot of fun jobs), email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
If you’d rather relax and enjoy the slow shuffle of the parade of lost souls, remember:
“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.”
Have you been to the Parade of Lost Souls before? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!