While working in Louisville at the Kentucky State Fair, I heard there was going to be a Zombie Walk on Bardstown Road, one of my favorite areas of the city. It was advertised as an attempt to break the world record for largest gathering of zombies, 4,200. This sounded like a place great Food on a Stick photos!
The good folks at Murphy’s indulged me with a few red popcorn balls, Brains on a Stick. Off I went with John to the Zombie Walk, scheduled to start at 8:29 on August 29th. Get it? There’s some sort of weird zombie symmetry in that.
We waited with hundreds of onlookers along the side of Bardstown Road for the Zombies to begin their walk. Groups gathered at opposite ends and met in the middle, making for a visual feast of odd costumes in every direction. I saw roller derby zombies, parrothead zombies, skate boarding zombies and even a couple of burlesque dancer zombies.
While I never heard if the World Record was broken, there were more zombies than I ever imagined seeing in one place. It was one of the most fun, yet odd, things I’ve done in Kentucky. Louisville continues to surprise me with how liberal it is in some regards and how staunchly conservative it is in others. The balance works great–and allows for wackiness like the Zombie Walk.
*Disclosure: The folks at Murphy’s provided the Brains on a Stick to me at no charge. The opinions expressed here are my own, my brain was not ravaged by zombies.