The 11th annual Portland Zombie Walk began with the zombie horde gathering at Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown. The undead slowly shambled into the Square on this Halloween afternoon. Commuters waited for the MAX lines on the north and south sides of Pioneer, while tourists and Portlanders hung out in Portland’s Living Room, as they tend to do. All the while, at a god-awful pace, the zombies trickled in.
They started showing up around the edges. Under the scattered glass-roofed rain shelters, on the benches and steps, and meandering around the Square. The passersby mostly didn’t take intense interest; after all, it’s Halloween. Anyway, it’s Portland. It were a Wednesday in April they’d just say, “Ha! That’s Portland for you”.
The horde eventually began roaming toward a growing cluster of zombies in the Square. Then came the moment when everyone was hoping to see a bunch of latecomers show up and double or triple the size of the crowd. It didn’t happen. This wasn’t going to be one of our finest or largest Zombie Walks. Still, the spirit was there and soon enough part of the horde shuffled out on the Square for a festive Thriller dance. It was a crowd pleaser.
By the time the Zombie Walk began the horde had grown a bit more. It was a respectable number considering that it was work/school day afternoon and the event was not announced very far in advance. Zombies drudged along the downtown streets entertaining observers for many blocks, looping back to the starting point.
There were some star players in this street theater number. The people that really know how to stay in character and have put serious effort into their costumes and make-up ruled the day. Thanks zombies!
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A photo gallery will be soon added to this page. In the mean time, check out pictures from the Thrill The World dance in Irving Park on Saturday, October 29th, 2016. There were A LOT of awesome zombies at the Thriller dance.
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2016 Gresham Zombie Walk
The Gresham Zombie Walk was Saturday, October 22, 2016.
The 2016 Gresham Zombie Walk began and ended at Main City Park this year. The horde gathered around 1:00 PM in the west parking lot of the the park.
The zombies were met by a zombie control squad, which escorted the shambling horde out of the park. The parade of animated corpses then roamed the streets of downtown Gresham.
The horde was not large; surprisingly small, actually, given the pleasant weather. About 20 of the undead visited their terror on Gresham on this day. Nevertheless, all enjoyed this bit of street theater. A fair number of child zombies joined in with their zom-momies and zom-daddies.
Thrill The World (Thriller Dance) October 29th at 3:00 PM Irving Park – covered basketball court NE 7th Ave & Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97211
Friday, October 28th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
4115 N Mississippi
Saturday, October 29th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
2620 NE Fremont
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