The Parade of Lost Souls will return to Vancouver this coming October.
The annual event attracts thousands of people to Commercial Drive for a Halloween celebration, which typically includes a parade, live performances, and artist-led community workshops.
This year, the time-honoured tradition will look a little different, as organizers say the event has been pivoted to be physically distant and pandemic friendly. Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society, the local non-profit organization behind the event, says that they’ll be hosting an interactive, co-op radio takeover.
“This year we will not gather in one place, but we will gather in every place,” says Kat Single-Dain, one of the founders and current artistic executive director of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society.
Single-Dain explains that the event, which takes place on October 31, will be fully interactive and led by the radio broadcast and podcast.
“It is meant to be enacted with your crew, and ideally within sight of your neighbours.”
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Participants can join from their front yard, balcony, or anywhere that people can gather together from a distance. All participants need are a few household items and their favourite Halloween costumes. The night will include a radio dance party, games, storytelling, a campfire singalong, a dance break, and a closing ceremony.
Single-Dain also says that those living in East Vancouver may see a “surprise” passing through the streets during the program.
The Parade of Lost Souls will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.