Days of the Dead in Winter Park

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I was reading my friend Cole’s piece on zombies in last week’s Orlando Weekly when I happened to spot a small info box about an upcoming zombie crawl in Winter Park.

Zombie crawl? Winter Park? What?

It’s ok, those were my first thoughts as well. Then I thought, “How cool!” I instantly did some Googling and found the MySpace info page for the Zombie Crawl Orlando, that’s happening this Saturday, May 19. As with the OW blurb, I couldn’t find any info on an exact start time, but it appears that $10 will get you into the crawl (to cover the costs of them doing your zombie makeup).

Joshua Watford seems to be the main zombie…er, man…behind this event that takes place in downtown Winter Park, and many of the people behind the crawl also participate in Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. So it’s safe to say they have plenty of experience in portraying the undead. But if you haven’t, that’s ok. They’re more interested in willing bodies to flesh out the group.

Want to get involved? On the website, it says all questions regarding participating in the crawl should be directed to zombiecrawlorlando@gmail.com. So there you go.

Further research turned up a YouTube “behind the scenes documentary” video of the first zombie crawl earlier this year, which may be of interest to those thinking of participating in this month’s crawl. Heck, it’s interesting just to watch what it takes to become a zombie…without dying, that is.

Now here’s where it gets a bit strange.

During my web search for this weekend’s event, I ran across another zombie event in Winter Park. It appears on the website for the Rich Weirdoes, who put on a great shadow cast show to the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Universal CityWalk AMC. They also do a terrific lip-synced zombie shadow dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” during RHPS’s Halloween festivities.

Anyways, it seems they are also holding their own event, dubbed the Zombie March 2007, the following Saturday, May 26. It is scheduled to start at 3pm in downtown Winter Park and then it will move over to Lake Eola around 5pm. This one appears to be a bring your own zombie, so I guess just show up as one and you’re in.

Both events sound like a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of zombie films, as I am. But what I really want to know is…what is it about Winter Park that draws the zombie hordes to it?

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