I finally had a chance to check out the annual Chicago Zombie March a few weeks ago and I was impressed by the creativity, organization, and downright playfulness of the zombies. I talked with a few of the participants and apparently there were more than 2,000 people that RSVPd for the event.
The event had all kinds of zombies and the amount of time and thought that went into the costumes was really cool. The zombies started at The Bean at Millenium Park and marched through the city. I only stayed for the main congregation and saw off the crowd. For some reason I love everything to do with zombies and this was a fun way for me to live out my own Walking Dead without worrying about being bitten or ambushed by a bunch of infected dead. Kind of fun if you ask me.
The zombies weren't just kids either. There were whole zombie families, zombie husbands and wives, and even naughty zombies. I'm thinking that next year I might have to participate :). I'm not sure that I have the time or patience to put on all that blood and to get dressed up. Maybe I'll just photograph it again. :)
Of course this whole march took place in the middle of one of the busiest places in Chicago for tourists and weddings. While the zombies were congregating, a wedding party showed up to take pictures by The Bean. I'm not sure if the bride was amused or horrified but they took a few pictures with the zombies and The Bean in the background. Pretty funny if you ask me. I'm sure those pictures are going to go right on the cover of the wedding album.
It was a lot of fun to see the excitement and all the people who came out to participate in the event. Apparently there is group that puts on more than a few events per year (who knew). You can visit http://chicagozombie.com/ for more information. If you get a chance to check out the 2013 march I highly recommend it. It's one of those things that you only get to experience in a big city.