There’s nothing quite like a zombie walk. Hundreds and hundreds of people, dressed and made-up like the undead, wandering around, moaning “Brains!” If you’ve never tried it, that probably doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but once you’ve experienced your first zombie walk, you’ll never be the same again.
That’s why we’re totally stoked to let you guys know that Red, White and Dead, the Guinness Record-breaking Seattle zombie walk, is right around the corner. Scheduled for July 3rd, Red, White and Dead was narrowly pushed out of the “Largest Zombie Walk in History” record last year when England’s Big Chill Music Festival stole away the title of “Zombie Capital of the World,” defeating Seattle’s previous record of 3,894 zombie walkers by just 132 moaning, shambling festival-goers. That’s a title that Red, White and Dead intends to take back this year; they’re hoping that well over 4,000 zombie walkers will show up this year.
If you’re interested in being one of those zombies and, better yet, helping out some charities, here’s the official blog post announcing the Red, White and Dead event, and here’s the press release they were so kind to send our zombiephilic editor:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fremont Stages Largest Zombie Walk on Planet…AGAIN; Thousands Expected at “Red, White & Dead” Seattle Zombie Walk Set for Saturday, July 3
Walking dead rise to challenge England for Guinness World Record on Independence Day Weekend
Seattle, Wash. – May 18, 2010 – With summer just around the corner, Seattle welcomes the return of warm summer nights, boating afternoons, barbeques and…zombies? Yes, thousands of zombies will again return to Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood this Fourth of July weekend to walk and dance their way back into the history books during the second annual Red, White & Dead zombie walk. At stake? The zombie walk Guinness World Record currently held by the Big Chill Music Festival in England.
“Look out British, the Zombies are coming!” said Eric Pope of Seattle Zombie Walk, a group that helps organize the walk. “Seattle had 3,894 zombies turn out last year for the walk to set a record, but England later edged us out with 4,026. We’re back to reclaim the title, and I hope to see 10,000 zombies roaming the streets, so Seattle will hold the title for good!”
Officially produced by Fremont Outdoor Movies, this second annual Red, White & Dead event takes place this year on Saturday, July 3. Festivities kick-off 2 p.m., and include on-site zombie makeovers, a zombie fashion show, musical performances, special creepy guests, a massive group Thriller dance – with lessons by Seattle Thrillers group – and, of course, the huge zombie walk through the Dead Center of the Universe, Fremont. The walk begins at 5:30 p.m. at 3501 Phinney Avenue North, and all participants should show up in their best zombie costume. Activities will be topped off by a special outdoor screening of a beloved Zombie movie.
But zombies don’t just take. This year’s event will also aptly include a blood drive, as well as a canned food drive to benefit Solid Ground. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in support of their new film center planned for Seattle Center.
“This is all about a community celebration, having fun and supporting a great cause,” remarked Ryan Reiter, artistic director for Fremont Outdoor Movies. “But who doesn’t love some healthy competition and bragging rights? Not only do we hope to raise a lot of resources for local non-profits, but we want to take back our zombie world record title from England, and Independence Day weekend is an ideal time to do it, and independent-minded Fremont is a perfect backdrop to celebrate.”
Recently, zombies have infected pop culture, with movies, video games, comic books, memorabilia, walks and events rising up everywhere. Celebrating the crazed craze, Reiter is also personally planning the first ever international zombie fan culture convention, ZomBcon, to take place Halloween weekend in Seattle, then move to San Francisco in 2011. The convention will be packed full of experts, authors, filmmakers, historians, celebrities, and zombie fans from near and far lured together for infectious fun. Already, the Seattle Halloween event has lined up more than 100 exhibitors, 10 interactive fan workshops, zombie panels, a themed film series curated by SIFF, and a Halloween Masquerade and Zombie Prom Party, all to take place at Seattle Center and Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum.
Complete ZomBcon convention and zombie walk information is found at www.zombcon.com. Red, White & Dead zombie walk participants are encouraged to pre-register directly for the Fourth of July event at http://redwhiteanddeadzombie.eventbrite.com. Tickets to participate are $3 online or $5 at the door. Early registration makes event entrance much smoother, and also enables organizers to accurately track registration numbers and help Seattle claim the Guinness World Record faster. All ages are welcome to participate in the Red, White & Dead festivities.
“Last year’s zombie walk was dead on and tremendously successful,” noted Reiter. “The event encouraged all of us to tap into our inner zombie, get dressed up, interact with neighbors and just do something different. We offered a positive spin on what a Zombie outbreak might just look like, right there in broad daylight, and it looked pretty darn good.”
Red, White & Dead is an annual event, made possible by generous donations from many local business entities. Presenting sponsors for 2010 include Comcast, Fremont Studios, Seattle Magazine, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and The Stranger weekly newspaper.