This past weekend zombiephiles from all over the Rocky Mountain region converged on the 16th Street Mall for the sixth annual Denver Zombie Crawl. As with each year the Crawl has come to Denver, this year’s event more than doubled in size, with an estimated 16,000 zombies in attendance as opposed to last year’s 7,300.
Denver Zombie Crawl organizer Daniel Newman tweeted (@ZombieCrawl) that the 16,000 zombies is a low estimate of Saturday’s zombie horde. According to Newman, 400 zombiephiles also joined in on the Organ Trail, a zombie-themed urban race which took place the morning of the Crawl, and over 1,000 attended the Stay Alive Zombie Crawl after party at City Hall.
What do all these numbers mean? Two things:
1) Denver is a city obsessed with the living dead (as if we didn’t already know).
2) The 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl has almost certainly set a new world record for largest gathering of zombies.
According to Newman, the Guiness Book of World Records is currently examining Denver’s claim to the world record, and will have the results within the next four weeks. The current record is a matter of much debate, but it is accepted that the 2010 New Jersey Zombie Walk, with close to 5,000 zombies, holds the record (though Denver recorded numbers upwards of 7,300, they were not confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records).
Numbers aside, the 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl was a really good time. Zombiephiles from all walks of unlife donned blood and gore to join in the annual event. Parents and children wore family-themed zombie costumes (including the Longmont Zombie Examiner, Larry Berreth, and his family of Star Trek zombies). Several dog owners even dressed their dogs up for the occasion, like Jenny Weisshaupt who plastered a fake brain to her dog Will’s head and trained him to carry around a severed forearm in his mouth. There was even a couple dressed in formal wedding attire there to have their engagement portrait taken in the midst of a zombie attack.
Whether or not the 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl sets a new world record, the event was a success for the zombiephiles of the Rocky Mountains. It was a day Denver won’t soon forget.
Keep reading for an overview of the 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl.
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Stay informed, stay alive: The annual Denver Zombie Crawl is just what it sounds like: A gathering of thousands of zombies on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, meant to celebrate all things undead. Every year the zombies assemble at Skyline Park by the clock tower, then shamble their way down the Mall in true zombie fashion. To find out how you can get involved next year, visit EyeHeartBrains.com.
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