A group of 456 local ‘zombies’ gathered at Olympic Park and spend the next two hours roaming, chasing and growling at downtown pedestrians.
They proceeded to west down Stephen Avenue, ending up at Shaw Millennium Park, at 11th Street and 9th Avenue S.W., in the 11th annual edition of the march of the undead in the city.
“Isn’t it crazy? Every year, I am surprised,” said Don Roullo, who was on hand for the event.
“I’ve seen it get as big as close to a thousand people,” said Roullo, of past Zombie Walks.
Roullo first heard about the event when his daughter participated two years ago.
“People get so in character,” said Roullo, “One year it took my daughter like two hours to do her make-up.”
Participants ranged in age from infants to grandparents.
“I love to see them walk by, it really brings people together and the costumes are just great,” said Roullo.
The event is open to members of the Facebook group, 2014 Official Calgary Zombie Walk.
Officially, the only known organizer of the event goes by the name of Jj Burton.
Burton is listed as the host of the Facebook page.
To preserve his or her identity, there are no self-portraits and only 10 Facebook friends. The page boasts only an image with a black background and white text reading, “2014 YYC Zombie Walk.”
Aside from the host’s hidden identity, the group is large with 1,100 ‘walking dead’ invited to the event.
They met, created a circle where every one of them talked about the excitement of the walk, then at 2:07 they began their walk as a massive herd, all out for ‘blood.’
As the group travelled through the city’s core, some stragglers had trouble staying in character while keeping up with the pack.
The people dressed as zombies would walk into the street in spite of red traffic lights.
Nobody got arrested during the course of the event.
In fact, the marchers had a police escort, as three police vans with two policemen in each, followed along behind.
Some shuffled, dragging a fake limb and moving slowly.
“Arrrrghhhh…” or some variation of the sound was the response of every zombie questioned about the zombie walk.
Some of the general public were scared of the dressed up citizens.
A small group of the undead chased a young woman down the street until she took off running.
Other observers pulled out their smartphones to capture the moment.
There has already been a mention of the 2015 Calgary Zombie Walk.