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!
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.
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.
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!!!