Sunday, July 3, 2011

Red, White and Dead regains world record

Your humble Warning Signs host was one of 4,522 zombies at Red, White and Dead, the annual zombie walk in Seattle. I got a little sunburnt, helped a friend with an interesting video project (more information on that once video editing is completed), and had a great time.

Let's look at a few photos, shall we?

Among the zombie horde were the Rat City Rollergirls.  Somebody said women don't like zombies. That person is wrong.

Let's call this zombie Puddles. After the walk, volunteers had to clean all this crap up. Red, White and Dead is a no trace event, which means once it's over there can be no trace that it happened. Props to the folks who stayed to help clean up. (No, I wasn't one of them. I had a bus to catch, which is a different kind of horror.)

While there was some amazing home make-up jobs done, some of the best zombies relied more on a great idea. Given the new cultural in-roads made by Mormon presidential candidates and "The Book of Mormon" musical comedy dominating Broadway, I wasn't surprised to see two undead Mormon missionaries at the zombie walk. Without explaining too much, this pair made me laugh more than any other zombies at the event.

There were a number of celebrity zombies among the horde. Zombie Elvis, more than one zombie Hunter S. Thompson, a zombie Mr. T and a zombie "Rowdy" Roddy Piper that I hope ran into each other, and many more. While buying a costume is kind of a cop out for this sort of thing, it was nice to see Frank the Bunny from "Donnie Darko" at the zombie walk.

I'm paraphrasing here, because I've heard this from multiple sources. The thing about rising from the dead is that first you have to die.

There wasn't a cloud in the sky over Seattle Saturday, so the asphalt at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema was good and warm. These brave souls piled up before rising to walk again. (And yes, that is zombie Batman in the bottom left corner.)

The trick to a pile of dead bodies is seeing how long you can go without visibly breathing. You try it. It's not as easy as it sounds.

"Will work 4 brains."


The gentlezombie in the center, with the brain on a string above his head, is Eric Pope. He's the leader of this whole deal. One could call him the head zombie. He waves a huge American flag and rallies the undead horde to do its business.

The guy next to him, with his head in the middle of his chest, was one of the more popular people to get a photo with. Great frigging costume.

The sign on the front of this zombie is, of course, "the end is nigh."

And this is the end of this post. I have more photos for another time, and I may slap a video up on here. Until then, I'd like to thank Marshall Popham, Alia Daum, Mira Daum, Ryan Reiter, Seattle Transit, Greyhound, all the good people at the Zombie Research Society and my wonderful wife Savannah for making this weekend possible.

The 2011 Red, White and Dead zombie walk reached 4,522 zombies. Keeping the record could be difficult. Make plans now for 2012.

1 comment:

  1. awesome pics! I totally missed seeing the Mormans (who remind me of a certain movie lol) and frank the rabbit. My husband loves that movie so he will be totally bummed to find out he missed a photo with him.