This year World Zombie Day was celebrated on 12th October 2013.
An international event commemorated in over 50 cities worldwide, started in 2006 at the very shopping mall in Pittsburgh where George Romero filmed his iconic first zombie movie Dawn of the Dead.
I got word of the event some time ago from my eldest daughter, who happened to part of the organising committee. In the run up to the day, I was deliberating as to whether I should take a more active part and apply a few scars, dripping flesh and blood of my own. But in the end I decided that I couldn’t cope with being the lone old-enough-to-know-better woman traveling in from the suburbs to Marble Arch where the zombie hordes converged before setting off on a shuffle around the streets of central London.
Thankfully I didn’t feel out of place, you know, the one person who couldn’t be arsed to make the effort at the fancy dress party! There were probably as many photographers and bemused tourists as there were zombies. Some of the costumes were absolutely stunning, cleverly applied bits of rotting flesh, entrails, maggots, and all sorts of posts, sticks and other implements worn to look like they had been impaled.
The hundreds of assembled zombies then set off from Marble Arch and dragged themselves groaning along Oxford Street to the utter bemusement of the masses of Saturday shoppers. There were plenty of screams from unsuspecting young girls and, sadly, there was also a child who burst into tears. I’m assuming he was scared by a zombie rather than not being allowed to go to McDonalds!
Needless to say, as with any celebration, the route included a few watering holes along the way, with a whole street set aside with beer and bands for the after life after party at the end of a long, tiring and fun day.
Here are a few snaps I took during the early part of the day.