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Zombie Walk 2011
updated: Aug 22, 2011, 1:52 PM

By the Urban Hikers

On Vacation in Vancouver, Canada.

We all know that on Saturday August 20th Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries made their sentimental walk to the alter here in Santa Barbara ...but just up the Pacific Rim, folks in Vancouver, British Columbia celebrated the 6th annual Zombie Walk. We just happened to be there to catch it.

The participants at this years walk "a Shamble through Vancouver; Zombie Walk 2011" were estimated by the local police to number about 2,000.

The first zombie walk recorded by historians took place in Sacramento in 2001. It was reportedly a promotional event, but was so popular that other communities latched onto the idea. Today Zombie Walks are held in cities throughout North America, Australia and Europe. There is even annual zombie convention, held each year in Seattle called the ZomBcon...

Lest you begin to believe this event is a twisted free-for-all, please note that according to the Facebook page, there are some very specific guidelines. Specifically, organizers urge the zombies to refrain from any type of vandalism, and also to be sensitive to the potential fears of unsuspecting children who may encounter them along the walk. The page directs the zombies accordingly by stating: "Though we big kids all see the fun in it, small children may not, and if you see any children reacting fearfully, please do not add to their distress! Just move on and let their parents explain … do NOT accidentally be the douche who gives them nightmares for a week by leering in their face! However, if they're into it, they're fair game for fun, like ALL the living!".

The zombies, most of whom are young professionals by day came in an assortment of varieties, ages, shapes and sizes…here are just a few of them.

The crowds were well behaved, but impressive in their size. From what we heard the walk began at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 4:30 pm, and made their way down to English Bay about an hour and a half later. The weather was picture perfect…

Law enforcement was on hand, but kept a relatively low profile…the scene was actually pretty "dead"…

A few more of the Canadian Zombies, including one group that seems to be having its way with one of us Urban Hikers…

But then the UH came back strong.

Q: What do zombies do after a long walk? A: They go to the after parties…

We passed this poor guy, who was obviously beat, a couple of hours post zombie walk…Peter doubled back to check his pulse, which was strong. After a near miss with a "dead gorillas" we didn't want another frightening experience with a dead zombie…

And though it may be a little off topic, we thought the Quaids might be somewhere in the crowd. Does this guy look anything like Randy to you? Do they have "zombie whackers" in B.C.?

 

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