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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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.
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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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