All Souls
River Procession

October 30th, 2021
5 - 7pm

Green Anchors &
Cathedral Park

In partnership with Rewild Portland

(This page is for last year's event, so here is a link to the 2nd Annual All Souls River Procession, coming up on Nov 5th, 2022)

Join us...

for an all-ages walking procession from the Green Anchors pollinator garden to the sandy shore of the Willamette River under the St Johns Bridge.

With masks, lanterns, rattles and drums, we will recognize the thinness of the veil at this cross-quarter, and offer an acknowledgement of the losses (human and other-than-human) of the past year through global climate change and pandemic.

We will also recognize October 30th as the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Our river ritual will include a prayer for agreement and cooperation between nations to immediately address the global emergency that is climate change.

Following our offerings and prayers, and our farewells to those who have passed on, we will then conclude with revelry for us—the living.

Photo by Mellissa Berry, digitally edited by Wildland Roots


5:00pm : Gather at the Green Anchors pollinator garden, 8940 N Bradford St. (Please park in the Cathedral Park boat ramp parking lot, then look for the Green Anchors entrance gate next to the train tracks)

5:30pm: Procession line-up

Sunset / ~6:00pm: Procession through Cathedral Park to the river's edge and ritual site. (Route is just under a ½ mile, along both paved and grassy surfaces)

7:00pm : River ritual ends, revelry begins.

Feel free to bring:

  • A ceremonial costume and/or decorative mask (to be worn with your Covid mask). Suggested themes: Light and dark, threshold, ancestors, seed, autumn, nature, connection to place.

  • Drums, rattles and other percussive and musical instruments (no woodwinds or brass please, due to Covid).

  • Lanterns (no open flames please).

  • Offerings for the river (Biodegradable please. If plant-based, no invasive species.)

  • Tokens to wear or carry with you to honor and remember those who have recently passed on.

  • If the forecast calls for rain, we recommend you bring a large umbrella to embellish for the procession.

Photo by Mellissa Berry, digitally edited by Wildland Roots

Event partners:

If you attend this event and are moved to give back, we are collecting donations for the Portland Harbor Community Coalition.

"PHCC’s mission is to elevate the voices of communities most impacted by pollution in the Portland Harbor Superfund site, including Native, Black/African American, immigrant and refugee, and houseless people of all backgrounds, and to ensure that impacted communities benefit from and lead the cleanup, restoration, and redevelopment of the harbor."

Page header photo by Ryan, digitally edited by Wildland Roots