There are walks to raise awareness for cancer, walks to fight diseases, walks to raise money for charity, and then there is the Winnipeg Zombie Walk. MarketMAPS takes a look at this quirky Canadian event.
Last weekend, thousands of zombies took to the streets of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. While this was assuredly not a sign of any oncoming zombie apocalypse, it was an indication that Halloween is just around the corner.
An Undead Tradition
Every October since 2007, zombie enthusiasts have been encouraged to dress themselves in their best zombie gear and walk down the Winnipeg streets chanting and seeking out brains (don’t worry, it’s a family event. Nobody’s brains are actually eaten). Since it began 5 years ago with only 50 zombies, the Zombie Walk has expanded into an 8000+ zombie event. In the crowd: zombie brides, zombie hunters, zombie break-dancers…even zombie bananas.
The Walking Dead
This year’s journey: the zombie walkers met at The Forks—a market and open green space—and walked a little more than 1 mile to the Manitoba Legislative Building. That may not seem like much of a journey, but walking at zombie speeds made it take a little longer than expected.
A common complaint among the zombie participants in this year’s walk: the event was too short. A lot of the walkers wanted a longer journey and more time spent as their zombie alter-egos.
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