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Vancouver’s Parade of Lost Souls

Parade of Lost Souls

Vancouver’s Parade of Lost Souls involves folk in Halloween costumes walking around, listening to music, enjoying live entertainment and having a good time.

The event normally takes place on the weekend just before Halloween. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was heavily modified in 2020. However, the parade was scheduled to happen in its normal format on October 30th in 2021.

2022 parade details are to be confirmed.


Halloween Parade of Lost Souls

In years when it does take place, the Parade of Lost Souls happens on the closest Saturday to Halloween in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood of Vancouver. It is arguably one of the city’s best and most interesting traditional events for adults at Halloween.

In 2021, the parade ran from 7 to 10 pm and the after-party continued from 9:30 pm until around 1 am at the Wise Hall, which is located at 1882 Adanac Street.


Parade of Lost Souls Skeletons


Event Features

In 2021 the Parade of Lost Souls featured Thriller Flash Mob workshops, Time Warp Flash Mob workshops, a Phoenix Making workshop and a Costume Sale.

The Thriller Flash Mob workshops happened at 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Centre. They occurred in the cafeteria on the Saturday afternoons of October 2nd, 9th, 16th, and the 23rd from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.

At the 2021 event, Thriller Flash Mob participants were asked to attend the first workshop and then use the later workshops as practice. Donations of $10 per session (or at least $5 minimum) were appreciated. Participants likely learned the choreography of Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video and then continued to practice the dance in preparation for show time.

There was also a Time Warp Flash Mob. Workshops in preparation for that happened on the Sundays of October 3rd, 10th, 17th and the 24th from 2:30 until 4:30 pm. Folks practiced the choreography of the Time Warp dance from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The rehearsals also took place at the Britannia Community Centre cafeteria at 1661 Napier Street and the cost was between $5 and $10 per session.

The Phoenix Making workshop was where participants could contribute to a large phoenix puppet that was revealed on parade day. Folks could attend the workshop on October 30th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the Britannia Community Centre cafeteria as well. Admission was by donation.

Another event was a costume sale and making session. It happened at the same time as the Phoenix Making workshop, but at the Dusty Flower Shop located at 141-2050 Scotia Street.


Halloween Weekend


Parade Route Details

The parade route for 2018 wasn’t announced until around midnight on the Friday before the parade. In 2019 though it was announced around two weeks in advance. 2022 details are to be confirmed.


2019 Parade Route

Similar to the previous year, the parade route in 2019 started at the corner of Napier Street and Commercial Drive and then made its way through the back lanes around the Britannia Community Services Centre and surrounding buildings.

The 2019 procession began in front of the Britannia Library and headed north towards the ice rink. From there it turned west and went to the finish at the tennis courts, although with a couple of fairly significant in-and-out and in-and-around side diversions along the way. Some notable stops in 2019 included the secret dance party and a carving centre.


Halloween Crowds at Parade of Lost Souls


About the Parade

The Parade of Lost Souls is a grassroots Halloween parade/event that happens on the Saturday closest to Halloween in October at a location that isn’t revealed very close to the date of the parade.

In most years the event takes place in the neighbourhood of the Britannia Community Centre at 1661 Napier Street. There is a procession down Commercial Drive or some other nearby street, multiple small Halloween-themed live performances scattered around the neighbourhood, and several thousand participants roaming around in spooky costumes.

The Parade of Lost Souls is a non-profit event put on by the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret which is an artist collective of professional and emerging artists based in East Vancouver. As a non-profit event, donations for participation in the parade are strongly encouraged, with $5 being the suggested amount.

An official adults-only after-party usually happens, with tickets most years selling out long in advance.


Parade of Lost Souls Procession


Lost Souls After-Party

The Lost Souls After-Party is a ticketed event that takes place after the Parade of Lost Souls.

Like 2019, the 2021 After-Party took place at the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac Street. The event was for folk aged 19 or older and it ran from 9:30 pm until 1:00 am.

Tickets for the After-Party were available online as of September 25th at a cost of about $30 to $35 each. If not all sold out by event day they are sometimes sold at the door of the venue. Exact details regarding the After-Party schedule depended on public health orders. If dancing was not allowed, the event was probably a show.


Halloween Haunted Houses


Tips and Advice

Below are a few tips to help you make the most out of your experience at the Parade of Lost Souls.

TIP #1: There are folk of all ages at the Parade of Lost Souls, but primarily adults. There is no beer garden and only a small number of food trucks selling things to eat. Plan to have dinner beforehand, plus perhaps a beverage or two to help with the festivities (assuming you’re 19+).

TIP #2: Wear a costume. It’ll add to your fun!

TIP #3: If you’ve never been to the event before, go! It’s a very interesting cultural experience.

TIP #4: If it has been raining in the previous few days (as it often does in October), wear boots. Some areas along the parade route can get muddy.


Other Information

Check out the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret website for more information about the Lost Souls Parade and After-Party.

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