Zombieshave long been an iconic symbol in modern pop-culture. Maybe in our life’s journey, having to work at mindless jobs to earn money in the pursuit of nourishment and material goods, we see our own struggles reflected satirically in the zombie. Maybe it is just fun to dress up like a zombie and try to break the Guiness World Zombie Walk Record (largest gathering of zombies)! This weekend in Seattle, we did just that.
A local organization called ZomBcon hosted the Red, White and Dead Zombie Walk on July, 2nd. ZomBcon is the fairly new, but wildly popular international zombie convention that currently takes place in Seattle. Some huge names in the horror genre converge in Seattle as guests at this annual event. I thought last year’s ZomBcon would be impossible to top, but this year’s convention is proving me wrong. Check out the ZomBcon website for a list of guests and ticket information! They also host other zombie-related events throughout the year, including world record breaking zombie walks. Seattle was the proud owner of this world record after last year’s event, surviving attempts by the U.K. and Chicago to win it, and eventually losing the record to the New Jersey Zombie Walk. This fact wasn’t easy to swallow for locals. With a renewed effort (and a fair amount of trash-talk), Seattle vowed to reclaim the record at this year’s event.
This weekend the eyes and cameras of the world were on the Red, White and Dead Zombie Walk as Seattle set out to reclaim the world record. National news affiliates, as well as G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” camera crews were on hand in Fremont (a Seattle neighborhood) to document the event. Failure on a world stage was not an option!
The weather was gorgeous and the event was amazing. Vendors, live music, and thousands of fun people made the day fly by. Upon entering the gates, the people who dressed up as zombies would quickly pass through a photo check-point, so the numbers could be officially verified later (zombie world records are serious business). Even though I expected this to be a huge bottleneck, there was no wait whatsoever. Inside the swarms of zombies mingled, danced to the obligatory “Thriller,” visited beer gardens, enjoyed live musical performances, and basked in all of the undead glory. Both kids and adults were having a blast!
In the evening the swarming hordes assembled and set off on our walk. The chant of: “WHAT DO WE WANT? BRAINS! WHEN DO WE WANT THEM? BRAINS!” sounded down the long line of zombies. Lead by zombie walk organizer extrodinaire, Eric Pope, the mass of zombies made our way through Fremont to the delight of alfresco diners, photographers, and onlookers. After making a loop back to the festival grounds, awards were given out for best costumes and a little girl was named “Zombie Queen.” Finally the participant numbers were announced. Only the 23rdbiggest U.S. city, Seattle, had beaten the old record by just over 400 participants, with a total of 4,522 zombies. The world record was ours again, for now… We packed the busses and went out into the night to celebrate!
Check out these many photos from the event!
Huge props to ZomBcon, Eric Pope, the neighborhood of Fremont, the city of Seattle, the Seattle Police Department (who were excellent and understanding), everyone that dressed up, my friend Tony “Rot” Wolffinend for our amazing make-up work, and Niki Williams for letting me use a few of the event photos she took. See you at ZomBcon!