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Living dead walk Winnipeg streets

We may have survived for another year, but the popularity of the 2012 Zombie Walk is showing us that the local undead keep on raising the bar.

"They’re coming to get you, Barbara — look, there’s one of them now!"

Zombies Susan Funk and Carl Friesen participated in the annual Winnipeg Zombie Walk from The Forks to Legislative Building Saturday night.

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Zombies Susan Funk and Carl Friesen participated in the annual Winnipeg Zombie Walk from The Forks to Legislative Building Saturday night. Photo Store

And with that, the original black-and-white Night of the Living Dead was off and lurching, creating the template for every zombie adventure to come.

Saturday night saw thousands of descendants of those zombies staggering from The Forks to the legislative building in Winnipeg’s annual Zombie Walk. The living dead gathered at 6:30 p.m. behind the Johnson Terminal at The Forks, with some entertainment provided — one shudders to think what entertains a flesh-eating zombie.

The walk began at 8 p.m., with organizers beseeching their zomrades to stay on the sidewalks, not to interfere with the traffic of fleeing humans and, especially, not to smear blood on public and private property.

Zombies were also asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Winnipeg Harvest — non-perishable means no donations of chunks of slow-moving living humans — and they were invited to have their photo taken for $2, which will go to Winnipeg Harvest.

That implies zombies can think, but hey, weren’t they developing sentience by the end of Land of the Dead?

Once the walk ended, the night culminated in a huge party at the Zoo on Osborne Street for walkers who could prove they were 18 or older when they transformed.

Charles Craig told his harrowing account of the worst night of his life live through his Twitter account @chuckcraig204 Saturday. His story started the night before as he began to witness bizarre happenings on his way home from work. Follow his story below: 

History

Updated on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM CDT: Updated after walk with sideshow, storify.

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