It is a dark day for the Mile High City, for today the streets of downtown Denver ran red with the blood of the living during the sixth annual Denver Zombie Crawl.
Click through the slide show to see photos from the Denver Zombie Crawl.
Zombiephiles from all over Denver and the Rocky Mountain region converged on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver to celebrate the culture of the living dead. This year, Denver Zombie Crawl organizer Daniel Newman was aiming to break the record with over 20,000 zombies in attendance. While that number has yet to be tallied, there were plenty of the undead shambling through downtown to warrant a veritable zombie apocalypse.
Denver’s finest lined the mall to supervise the zombie infestation, keeping the living onlookers safe from the swarms of oddly-mobile dead. The Colorado National Guard was parked next to Skyline Park to offer advice on how best to contain a zombie outbreak. Volunteers held signs reading “CAUTION: ZOMBIE CROSSING” at every intersection along the mall to keep living and dead alike from getting squished by traffic.
Zombie vendors from all over the city gathered to sell zombie portraits, dolls, T-shirts, and the creepiest knick-knacks you’ve ever seen. Denver’s pre-eminent zombie martial arts instructors from Zombie Defense Tactics presided over the zombie shooting gallery, and zombie cos-play groups ZERO (Zombie Emergency Response Operations), Colorado Movie Cars, and the Umbrella Corporation were there to show off their amazing vehicles and costumes. Also in attendance were actors from several of Denver’s finest haunted houses.
Due to some technical difficulties with the Crawl’s sound system, the zombie crawlers were deprived of two of the Denver Zombie Crawl’s most iconic traditions: The “Thriller” dance and the performance of zombie band The Widow’s Bane. While zombiephiles were able to dance to some sections of “Thriller”, the sound system snafu meant that the band had no sound for their instruments. Fans of The Widow’s Bane can go see the zombie band play at the Walnut Room in Denver on the 28th, or at Shug’s in Boulder on the 29th to make up for the disappointment at the Crawl.
It was a family-friendly event, and no one could deny that some of the best zombies were children. From babies in strollers teething on dismembered body parts to elementary schoolers hamming it up for the crowd, the kids of the Denver Zombie Crawl won the day.
Read on for more photos and coverage of the catastrophically awesome 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl.
Stay informed, stay alive: Denver zombiephiles can find out more information about the 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl at EyeHeartBrains.com.
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