The 16th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk benefiting the American Cancer Society (2021)
// UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2020 EVENT//
It is with a putrid, decomposing heart that we must announce this year’s Richmond Zombie Walk cancelled. We can’t hold this event in good conscience with the way things are now and especially with flu season ramping up once more.
The event we all know and love will be rescheduled for a return on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.
With all that said, we’d like to tell you that your undead hosts, DeadMason and GreyMatter, will be in front of The Byrd Theatre & Foundation on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1pm to collect donations for the American Cancer Society. We’ll have t-shirts, posters from the past events illustrated by the horribly wonderful Abigail Larson, and other swag. Come visit us, get a photo, or just yell “BRAAAINS!” in our direction (but not too close).
We hope to see everyone soon.
The 16th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk will take place on Saturday, October 23th, 2021.
Pre-walk meet up/staging area location at 1pm will be held at Boat Lake at Byrd Park (on Boat Lake Drive) and the actual walk will begin across the street from the Byrd Theatre (2901 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221) in Carytown immediately after at about 2:30p.
Please arrive in costume.
//FOR ALL PARTICIPATING ZOMBIES:
There are 2 locations
1. 1:00 p.m. – Meet up spot/ Staging area – Boat Lake at Byrd Park (on Boat Lake Drive). This is where we can gather together to go over the rules, collect donations, give out prizes, and take lots and lots of photos.
2. 2:30-3:00 p.m. – Immediately after that, we’ll head on over to the starting point which is on the sidewalk across from the Byrd Theater at 2901 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.
We’ll walk down the same side of the street on Cary Street heading west, cross at Nansemond Street, and walk back down Cary street on the other side all the way down and end at the Byrd Theatre (2908 W Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221)
//FOR ALL OTHER HUMANS:
You can enjoy the shops in Carytown while waiting for the zombie horde to arrive. If you can’t be a zombie, be the food, right?
Here are the categories we’ll be judging. Prizes will be awarded at the pre-walk meet up.
– Most Disgusting
– Best Couple
– Best Group
– Best Pop Culture Theme (TV/Movie/Comic/Gaming)
– Best Zombie Kid
– 2020 Zombie of the Year (Best Overall)
Wanted: Willing victims (people to be turned into the undead in public)
Our activities this year will benefit The American Cancer Society. Again, we won’t require anyone to make a donation, but if everyone can pitch in $5 each, it will be much appreciated.
Again, stay tuned for upcoming information and details. If you have any questions leave a comment or send us a message.
ZOMBIES MUST OBEY THESE RULES TO PARTICIPATE.
The organizers of the Richmond Zombie Walk will not be held responsible for the actions of the event participants. By attending this event you agree to follow these rules. Your cooperation will ensure that this event continues for years to come.
1) DO NOT touch anyone/anything (especially storefront windows). NO EXCEPTIONS.
Even though you and I may love this kind of thing there may be others who do not, respect their space and they will respect our celebration. Yes, this means dripping.splattering blood too. keep it to yourself.
2) DO NOT attempt to scare anyone who is not a willing participant.
If anyone is freaking out, turn and shamble in the opposite direction.
3) No walking out into the street or traffic
Again a great way to get hurt or arrested, not to mention possibly causing an accident.
Richmond zombies use crosswalks and obey the walk/don’t walk signs. it’s okay to break character to cross safely. Just use what little bit of brains you have left in your head people.
4) Any weaponry should be easily discernible as fake
Keep bright obnoxious orange caps on the end of toys guns.
NO REPLICA WEAPONS, the word replica implies “like the real thing”.
NO PAINTBALL OR AIRSOFT GUNS. Not only are they dangerous, they are illegal to use in public areas. These are projectile weapons capable of inflicting serious injury. DO NOT BRING THEM. Police officers will be present. You have been warned.
5) As fun as it would be, no part of your costume should squirt or project any liquid or objects
6) No profanities
We will most likely walk by many innocent children during the walk, no need to warp their minds any further than seeing the walking dead already will.
Keep it in character, i’ve never heard a zombie drop the F-bomb.
7) Ham it up!
You’re wearing fake blood and ripped up clothes and walking around moaning in public, doing that louder will not be any more embarrassing.
8) Walk like a zombie
This is not a speed-walking event, zombies lurch, crawl, limp, slither, etc.
Think more Romero zombie, not “run” zombie except for avoiding traffic. see #2.
9 ) Stay in character
We know everyone is excited about this, but zombies do not truly have the motor or cognitive abilities to operate a camera or cell phone. We have plenty of people who will be documenting the event, so please try to refrain from taking pictures during the actual walk. There will be time before the walk to take photos and/or vids. also, zombies don’t have conversations or text their friends. “They’re dead, they’re all messed up.”
10) Stay on public property
DO NOT go into stores or other private properties. stick to the sidewalk.
11) Have fun
Come up with a theme and stay in character as much as possible. It’s a celebration of a great time of year. Moan like you mean it!