Portland Zombie Walk Review: Adventures in Zombiedom

As a first-time attendee of the Portland Zombie Walk, I was not sure what to expect.

I dig zombies. And I love Portland. This boasted both.

I first arrived at 3:45, with only two zombies in the Pioneer Courthouse Square. There were, however, already 50 observers waiting for zombies.
You think you're safe

At about 3:55, they started showing up in masses. There were chefs, brides, hookers, police officers, athletes, celebrities, even babies. I love baby zombies.

By now, there were at least 150 observers.

After a half hour of photo snapping (most of which you can see on the (Zombie Walk Flickr pool!) a group of zombie dancers began performing a well-rehearsed Thriller dance… for the crowd. Everyone went nuts with excitement, one guy behind me screamed like a three year old girl who just received a pony. Whoever the guy with the green face paint and beer can was — YOU WERE ON POINT, SIR!

I was super lucky to meet up with Blanca, one of the organizers. For any of you there, Blanca was the Queen of Hearts zombie, and she also headed up the walk. With this being the fourth year for the PDX Zombie Walk, there is a growing need for more people to get involved. Sunday's walk brought a record 1,000 zombies!

“We really need a committee. We need people to sign up early to help us out, ” Blanca told me. Her charred skin was slowly peeling off of her right shoulder. There was fake blood trickling between her two front teeth as she smiled at me.

You're f#cked nowI talked to a group of five zombies who had been there all four years, and who couldn't wait to start.

“You have to see my zombie walk!” the young man with one eye said to me.

“Go for it” I replied.

His gate gait was perfection. He moaned like he was starving and un-dead. He came at me with his mouth agape and his hands outstretched. I giggled nervously.

Once the walk started, the 1,000 zombies were all in character. Moaning, stumbling, attempting to eat the living who were standing on the sides of the street taking photos of them. It was super fun to watch, but I was jealous that I wasn't part of it. Damn me for trying to look cute and trendy on a beautiful fall day!

The walk concluded at the Satyricon, where AntiWorld, Gruesome Boys, Jim Strange and The Dicers performed. Money made from the after-party will be given to The Oregon Food Bank.

This was the first year that the walk was also a benefit, and though they didn't make much this year – but you can still donate to The Oregon Food Bank through the zombie walk here!

If anyone out there in the internets is interested in helping Blanca and others coordinate next year's PDX Zombie Walk, contact her at portlandzombiewalk@gmail.com! They're looking for people with promotions, event planning, marketing experience who can help with planning, posters, after party, security, clean up, etc.

I also encourage you to check out the PDX Zombie Walk Flickr pool that has some amazing photos!

Oh, and incase you're curious – Yes. Next year I will be attending as a zombie. A trendy zombie.

**Photo by PDX503. view more of PDX503's photos here, and PDX503's blog here (Sunburned celluloid). From PDX503 about the Portland Zombie Walk:

I went out to the Zombie walk with the intention to try and recreate what I've seen in zombie movies. I had loads of fun egging the zombies on and am very happy with the outcome. I will there next year, thats for sure.

About Meagan K (New Writer for Pipeline!): MeaganKate is a Graduate student with a shopping addiction and a love of crunchy leaves. Her rants can be found at http://meagank.wordpress.com. You can also follow @MeaganKate on twitter.

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9 Responses to Portland Zombie Walk Review: Adventures in Zombiedom

  1. Blanca October 27, 2008 at 18:22 #

    Thank you Meagan and Julian for your help this year! I need to head back to the grave for a year or so, I need rest, next year will be bigger…and bloodier?

  2. Tilly McLain October 27, 2008 at 18:40 #

    awesome photos! looks like it was like Dead Rising for the xbox, but in real life!

  3. Nicole D. October 27, 2008 at 20:46 #

    I attended. This event was insane! Full of so much life — and death! Thanks Meagan!

  4. melissalion October 27, 2008 at 20:50 #

    Intern Meagan — look at that.

    Well, well Julian, dare I say that I’m a little jealous on several levels.

    Nicely written, toots.

  5. meagank October 27, 2008 at 21:18 #

    Ahh! I know how to spell GAIT! It’s GAIT not GATE! Just had to point that out for the record!

    Thanks for the comments, all! :-)

  6. Jason October 28, 2008 at 08:57 #

    Wow, this is pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind attending next year, if they’re gonna do it again.

  7. Zombie Candy October 28, 2008 at 10:08 #

    Great pics!!! We really loved going after your brains….however, you were artfully dodgy and we couldn’t get to you, (as the pictures will attest) but we enjoyed your humor and fun regardless!

    Next year…Muhahahhaha!

  8. Tracy October 28, 2008 at 16:40 #

    Great story, Meagan; I felt like I was right there among the blood, charred skin and otherworldly moans … I’ll definitely attend this Zombietastic event next year!

  9. Jan November 2, 2008 at 21:42 #

    Megs! Well done! Did you take the amazing pix too? Sounds like you had lots of fun–after reading your story, I know I would have enjoyed it!
    –mom

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