UPDATE: The Parade of Lost Souls is going on, however, it has been scaled back in terms of size and scope. See here for more details.
This is one parade that you have to attend. So put on your costumes and head to the drive, you won’t be disappointed.
Parade of Lost Souls is a powerful antidote to the cartoonish, commercialized version of Halloween (aka All Hallows Eve aka Samhain aka Day of the Dead) that predominates in our North American culture.
Honour the Dead and Wake the Living! is the cry that rises up from the procession winding its way through alleyways and schoolyards, peopled with the hideous and the beautiful in their sublime splendour. They light fireworks to frighten away the evil spirits and paint their faces with devilish grins. They make shrines to loved ones and pray for the peace of their souls. They celebrate the creative power inherent in death and the dark places, rebirthing themselves by letting go of the fear that these concepts universally engender.
What: 2010 Parade of Lost Souls: Secret Souls Walk
When: Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Where: Commercial Drive
Time: 5pm to 10pm