Parade of Lost Souls 2011: Secret Souls Walk & Dance Party

For many Vancouverites, the event of the Halloween season in years past was the singular Halloween parade / processional that was the Parade of Lost Souls. Though the event has been scaled back by organizers Public Dreams, there is a new incarnation for 2011: the Secret Souls Walk.

Like the Parade of Lost Souls, the Secret Souls Walk is an eerie, transformative event. This isn’t “sexy” Halloween—there won’t be any slutty cheerleaders here, unless they’re slutty zombie cheerleaders—this is Halloween for people who want to delve into the dark recesses and pagan origins of Halloween, for people who want to haunt.

The 2011 Secret Souls Walk will take place on October 29 from 5pm – 9pm, in East Vancouver (likely near Commercial Drive). Co-organized with the community artists of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, the Walk will lead participants through five alleys transformed by the neighbourhood, and local artists, into “a journey back in time, through the past incarnations and hidden stories of Vancouver.” Details of the Walk’s exact location will be revealed by on the Public Dreams site on October 29.

After the Secret Souls Walk, the revelry continues with Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party, a fundraiser for Public Dreams that will feature DJs Timothy Wisdom, Rico Uno, Cherchez La Femme, and MY!GAY!HUSBAND!, plus elaborately-costumed professional artists and performers from Parade of Lost Souls and outdoor fire performances.

The Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party will be at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver; it’s 19+ and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Both the Secret Souls Walk and the Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party happen on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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