7th Annual Tucson Zombie Walk: The End is HERE!

October 3, 2012

Things go BUMP in the night. When things BUMP In Tucson, it’s for a good cause.

The Tucson Zombie Walk, now in its seventh un-dead year, will again bring forth its un-living legions on Oct. 13 (perfect date, eh? Alas, a Saturday and not an even more perfect Friday).

Have you always wondered what human flesh tastes like? Are you a George Romero fan?

Rejoice! It is the time of year when a young man’s thoughts turn to the simple pleasures in life: rising from the dead, cannibalism, and widespread destruction!

The Mayan Calendar has said it’s “Game Over!” in 2012 – Dec. 21, to be precise.

What better way to celebrate THE END of Everything than with a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!!

Along with all the “blood” and “gore,” the Zombie Walk raises funds and food for the Tucson Community Food Bank.

“Last year, we raised a ton of food, literally,” said Curt Booth, who is better known in the zombie world as Bob the Zombie.

Booth will be the Zombie Walk’s master of ceremony for the second year.

“I have a little bit of a disability: I’m 6-foot-8. I give people a wide berth if I’m walking on a sidewalk in the middle of the night,” Booth said. “October is my therapy month. I get to be as wild and crazy as I want.”

Zombies will start gathering at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments parking lot, 55 N. 5th Avenue. That’s when costume registration starts. There will be a costume contest and entertainment before the Zombie Walk itself at around 8:30 p.m.

The “dead” will claim the real estate usually occupied by the 2nd Saturdays street soccer players.

Yes, ghoulishness will intersect with 2nd Saturdays. Zombie Walk has become downright mainstream and even organized in its seventh year.

“It first started as a flash mob,” Booth said. “Then they had a zombie prom the second year. The third year we were getting together with the Community Food Bank. This is the first year to hook up with 2nd Saturdays.”

If you think the Zombie Walk is exclusive to the fringe element, you are dead wrong.

“We have doctors, lawyers, shift workers, convenience store clerks,” said Booth, hedging, however, that the greater number of zombies are high school and college age.

The unofficial body county last year was 3,500 zombies.

“Each year, we’ve been doubling in size,” Booth said.

He finds it well within the realm of possibility that Tucson eventually could challenge Mexico City as site of the world’s biggest zombie walk. Mexico City tallied 9,806 un-dead in November 2011, officially recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.

“People come from all over the state for this,” Booth said.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time: Event opens at 6:00pm for Costume Contest Registration.

Audience: All ages. Costumes are encouraged. (We are not responsible for any future therapy needed by small children.)

Start Location: MLK Building Parking Lot, 55 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

End Location: 2nd Saturday Downtown Stage (Scott Avenue North of Broadway)

Event Cost: FREE!!!! Costume Contest Entry: $5 or 5 canned goods.

What to Bring: Canned food and cash to donate to the Community Food Bank!

Sponsors: Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange & The Mission Creeps.

Full list of activities, 6pm-9pm (Subject to change-times are approximate):

• 6 p.m. Costume Contest On-Site Registration Starts. See www.tucsonzombies.com for rules and pre-registration.

• 6:30 p.m. Zombie Walk Variety Show/ Dance Party Starts. (Got an act? Email tucsonzombies@gmail.com to get on our Variety Show Roster)

• 7 p.m. Costume contest registration ends. Judging begins.

• 8 p.m. Costume Contest Finalists Announced.

• 8:30 p.m. Walk Starts with Costume Contest winner as Grand Marshall

• 9:30 p.m. Walk Ends at 2nd Saturday Stage at Scott and Broadway.

FREE Concert by The Mission Creeps the end.