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Zombies are fictional undead creatures regularly encountered in horror and fantasy themed works. They are typically depicted as mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger forhuman flesh, and particularly for human brains in some depictions. Although they share their name and some superficial similarities with the zombie from Haitian Vodun, their links to such folklore areunclear and many consider George A. Romero's seminal film The Night of the Living Dead to be the progenitor of these creatures. Flesh-eating zombies have a complex literary heritage, with antecedentsranging from Richard Matheson and H. P. Lovecraft to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, all drawing on European folklore of the flesh-hungry undead. The zombie apocalypse, the civilized world brought low by aglobal zombie infestation, has become a staple of modern popular art. By 2011 the influence of zombies in popular consciousness had reached far enough that the United States government's Center forDisease Control used the idea as a theme to promote disaster preparedness.
History (zombie walk)
The earliest zombie walk on record was held on 19 August 2001 in Sacramento, California. The event,billed as "The Zombie Parade," was the brain-child of Bryna Lovig, who suggested it to the organizers of The Trash Film Orgy as a way to promote their annual midnight film festival. It was held again on27 July 2002 and has since become an annual event.
The first zombie gathering run as a non-promotional event and billed as a "Zombie Walk" was held in October 2003, in Toronto, Ontario. It wasorganized by local horror movie fan, Thea Munster, and had only six participants. In subsequent years the Toronto Zombie Walk grew tremendously in size. One of the first participants in the Toronto ZombieWalk, Heather McDermid, moved to Vancouver, B.C. and spread the zombie walk tradition to that city. On 27 August 2005 over 400 participants proceeded through Vancouver's Pacific Centre Mall,...
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