Parade of Lost Souls

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Parade of Lost Souls is returning this season thanks to The Public Dreams Society and The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. Join them on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm for ceremony and celebration. Keeping with tradition, the parade’s location will be announced at 12:00am midnight on October 26th on the Public Dreams website and on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Calling all Souls! Come dressed in your best. Bring your offerings for the shrine. Your past and your presence! For a celebration of life, and depth!

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Photo credit: PiscesDreamer & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

This beloved East Vancouver event, whose heartbeat is a community-driven parade inspired by Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead), and similar traditions that occur all over the world, was created by Paula Jardine and Public Dreams over 20 years ago. In recent years, the parade has travelled around East Vancouver featuring performance of all sorts, interactive art installations, and all of YOU Lost Souls, sharing in and creating this enchanting experience. This transitional year aims to be a smaller and cozier event, an imitate affair – after all, magical things come in small packages.

Back in July, Public Dreams hosted what they foresaw as their last Illuminares Lantern Festival as Artistic Director Matthew Bissett said that it was just no longer feasible. This put a big question mark on the Parade of Lost Souls but luckily Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret stepped up to take the reins.

A mainstay on the East Vancouver cultural scene for the last 6 years, The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is known for creating original theatrical acts with an immersive and magical aesthetic. In years to come, the “Dusties”, named “Vancouver’s Best Kept Secret” by the CBC, will work with the community to keep this beloved event vibrant and thriving. Kat Single Dain, Co-Founder of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, will be at the helm in 2013 as the Artistic Producer.

Parade of Lost Souls Dance Party

Following the parade on October 26th, a dance party will take place from 9:00pm until 3:00am at The Hanger (577 Great Northern Way). There will be performers, musical acts, and maybe some ghosts in the air.

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  1. TanyaTuesday, October 15th, 2013 — 10:01pm PDT

    I’m shocked to hear that the Illuminares festival will be no more ~ that’s SO SAD!! I have been enjoying going to that for over 20 years. Thank goodness the Parade of Lost souls is still a go…for now…

  2. AndreaWednesday, October 16th, 2013 — 6:48pm PDT

    Public Dreams is clearing out the closet…just in time for you to pick up an amazing costume, a gift for that hard to buy for person, or a little piece of history from the Illuminaries or Parade of Lost Souls treasure box.

    Stop by and take a peek!

    Sunday October 20th 10am-2pm

    141 – 2050 Scotia Street, Vancouver, BC
    We are located in the ‘Artiste’ — our office door faces the loading bay at the back of the building.

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