Parade of Lost Souls Festival 2012

Let's meet and take part in this year's Parade of Lost Souls Festival as behind-the-scenes photographers ...although you're welcome to dress up and take part in the event!

WEATHER

The weather forecast is light rain all day until midnight with steady temp between 8C and 10C. I was out earlier this morning and it's raining lightly, and it's mild and not windy. So... I'm very happy to say I'm going ahead with the event.

Bring your umbrella or rain jacket with hood. Dress warmly in layers as it will be raining lightly the whole time and will get very chilly after dark, particularly because we're standing around. Wear gloves and scarf for sure. And if you're worried about your camera getting wet, then cover it with a plastic bag, rip a hole out for the lens and keep in place with a couple of elastic bands.

TIME CHANGE

I've changed the time of our Meetup to start at 5:30pm to coincide with the start of the festival, and extend the end point time to 8:30pm to allow for more time at the event after dark.

TRANSIT CARAVAN (OPTIONAL)

Those interested are welcome to meet with me at Burrard Bus Station at 4:45pm where we will together board the 022 bus, at Bay #5, no later than 5:00pm to arrive at exactly the meeting spot just before 5:30pm.

PRECISE MEETING SPOT & TIME

The location of the Festival is Strathcona Park, on Prior Street between Hawks and Raymur.

We will meet at 5:30pm on Prior Street exactly midway between Hawks and Raymur at Campbell St. We wait there for 15 minutes only and then proceed to enter through the main gate at 5:45pm. Be on time if you want to travel with the group.

APRES-MEETUP ACTIVITY

Those of us who are interested in carrying on afterward at a warm and dry location for a little something to eat or drink will decide between us when on site. It is likely that we will agree to meet at 8:30 or so near where we started and take the 022 bus back to Main Street and find a table for some Vietnamese or Italian, or... :)

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Parade of the Lost Souls Festival is a lively commemoration of the cycle of existence and the deceased, and of facing fears in order to live life to its fullest. The performers are the audience, willing spirits who have come together to pay tribute to the departed and to celebrate the brilliance of life. Skeletal Brides, blessed witches, ghastly ghouls, and prancing pixies mingle side by side with everyday people. By the light of the radiant moon, processions of costumed stilt walkers, jugglers, dancers, and musicians lead spectators on an entrancing passageway from lightness to darkness...

It's a crazy time and dark so it will be difficult to stay together as a group -- but we'll try! There is a good chance that you or the others will lose track of each other while shooting in a large crowd, so bring a friend if you're afraid of the dark! In any case, please come on time to give you time to connect with others to hang with throughout the 3 hours on site.

Afterward, about 8PM or so, some of us will meet up at a designated point and decide if we want to venture off to find a little something to eat or drink.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring only enough gear to walk around for 3 hours easily and comfortably. Serious photographers will want to bring a tripod/monopod, but point & shoot cameras will work as I expect there will be a lot of well-lit areas, as well as a lot of darkness.

Ensure you're dressed for the weather with layers as well as hat, scarf and gloves! It gets really cold staying out in the dark watching folks (and shooting them) for 3 hours if the temperature is around 12C or below.

See you there!!!

-Trish

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  • debbie

    Rats, i missed it.:(

    October 28, 2012

  • Trish

    In spite of the rain, I had a marvellous time. Thanks to all who braved the weather and joined in the fun! I loved the event; it was really well done and the costumes, as usual, were magnificent. Campagnolo's afterward was really nice and just the right sort of comfort food to finish a great evening.

    October 28, 2012

  • Trish

    Red jacket red scarf red umbrella... find me!

    October 27, 2012

  • Trish

    We're here and buses are running late, so we'll wait at the gate til 6pm

    October 27, 2012

  • Jim

    Where r u guys in line?

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be meeting at the park.

    October 27, 2012

  • Wendy

    Don't know when the Flash Mob is, heard it on JR Country radio half an hour ago. Must scoot now. See you.

    October 27, 2012

  • Wendy

    Hi Kayleigh,
    What side of Burrard will you be on? Needs to be the east side opposite the Burrard station to catch the bus going in the right direction. Maybe see you there also. I'll be wearing a cap with a 'W' on it.

    October 27, 2012

    • Wendy

      Let's see, a lost Kayleigh, a Trish on the east side, gotcha! Seems like lost souls heading for the lost souls parade! Oh yes, did you know there is a gathering of sorts at Waterfront Station prior to a Flash Mob, somewhere for a Michael's Thriller performance! Wouldn't that be great to photograph!

      October 27, 2012

    • Wendy

      Yes, ladies, it is the east side of the street, with the buses travelling north to Hastings and then turning east. Look for the right bus signage. Leaving for the Seabus soon now to catch the action at Waterfront first. See you both!

      1 · October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The secret event location issues Strathcona Park - at Prior btwn Hawks & Raymur :-) {there's free parking close by}

    October 27, 2012

    • Trish

      Thanks Carissa!

      October 27, 2012

  • jim h.

    Aaaarrrgghhh! I have to change my RSVP to no. Got nothing to do with rain. I was really looking forward to it rain or shine. It rained during the jazz festival and we got some really good shooting.

    October 26, 2012

    • Trish

      Dang it, Jim. It won't be the same without you! Take care and see you soon!!!! :)

      October 27, 2012

  • Wendy

    Thanks for the heads up about the forecast. If it is going to be so awful, I could see the event cancelled perhaps for another date before the 31st? OR cancelled till next year. Guess the web site will make a decision and post before your 2 pm decision?

    October 26, 2012

    • Trish

      Hi Wendy, the way the weather looks now, with the sun peeking through, I can't imagine that it will be so bad as to need to cancel. But, the weatherman is forecasting doom and gloom -- chilly 5C with wind, and pouring rain. Again, if it's light rain and mild wind, then I will want to go out! :)

      October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not everybody shares the photographers phobia of rain and the tendency for grand mal seizures because a drop of rain landed on their lenses, and will probably go out and enjoy themselves instead of cancelling a night of fun. I haven't seen such a bunch of crybabies since that fire at the orphanage until I started hanging out with photographers in Vancouver. Every meetup turns into a dissertation in meteorology. People reading these threads would think we are a bus full of retirees from Reno.

    October 26, 2012

    • Trish

      You're too funny, Argun. I'm talking about real POURING rain, and cold wind. If there's no wind and sprinkling, I will not cancel. :D

      October 26, 2012

  • Trish

    Hi folks, I'm watching the weather forecast and it's calling for up to 25mm of rain and cold wind tomorrow. If there is full on rain and wind in the forecast for tomorrow night, there's a chance I will cancel the event. I will wait until 2pm Saturday to make a decision. Just thought I'd let you know. :)

    October 26, 2012

  • Wendy

    Hi Trish,
    I was just reading the TV Weekly and in there under events, it listed the Parade of Lost Souls as being in Grandview Park, Commercial and Charles Street, right near Britannia Community Centre. The website still is stating that the location is a secret however.

    October 21, 2012

    • Trish

      Thanks Carissa. I will be announcing our group meeting location on this page by 2pm on Sat, Oct 27.

      October 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know - but just in case people need more than 3 hr or won't be by a computer, I felt it had value to share the posting time.

      1 · October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    More info regarding admission: Admission: suggested $5 donation. Please be as generous as you can when you see our donation volunteers on the site. Your gift will help us to create the magic of Parade of Lost Souls again next year.

    Donation volunteers will not be able to provide change at the entrance gate. If you require change, please feel free to donate at any of the three information booths. We’ll also have a group of roving donation ambassadors who will be on site for the duration of the event.

    October 24, 2012

    • Trish

      Thanks Carissa. For our group event, I'm asking that you bring $5 to donate. If you want to donate more, that's great.

      October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wondering how much trouble it would be to clean the smudges off of the camera if I come in makeup

    1 · October 23, 2012

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