In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2

By: Mandy J Watson
Photographs: Mandy J Watson and Doane Smuts
Posted: 5 November 2012
Category: Features
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In part 2 of our coverage of the 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk the shuffling becomes more realistic, a forcefield is encountered, ice-cream makes an unexpected appearance, and several children become traumatised (probably for the rest of their lives).

When we left the zombies most of them were wandering around the second section of grass in Sea Point, although a few stayed on the promenade. By this point they had been going for quite a bit (after having waited for quite a bit before they could start) and the sun was beating down mercilessly so the participants were beginning to tire. The result? Better shuffling and less walking. Finally!

(If you haven't seen part 1 of the 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk head there first, then come back.)


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
A Groom And His Brides ...and that other guy.

Every once in a while the groom would chase his brides (this is South Africa - everyone has multiple wives) and the wives would run away. The other zombie obviously picked up some bride pointers because he was staring right at me.

I ran away.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Afternoon Ramble It looks too much like a group of late-night (all morning, most-of-the-afternoon) partiers (slightly blood spattered - good times!) than a shuffling zombie horde.

There was too much grass.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Braaaaaaiiiiiinnnns Yeah... most people would be running away right about now.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Basket Of Tricks This zombie was dragging a whole basket of home-made weapons behind him. The barbed-wired club he was carrying has its own eyeballs.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Represent! At least we know that if there was a zombie Olympics we'd at least make it to the opening-ceremony parade lap.

But soon after, while the official zombie-athlete minders would likely be off partying in a five-star hotel, a stray dog would probably eat all our athletes and it would be a huge mess and we would have to enter the sparkly vampire Olympics just to prove we could win some bling but even if we did it would be too embarrassing and we would never want to talk about it again. Ever.

I'm getting off track.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Dead Man Wal-King The 1989 prom king managed to keep his shirt pristine, bar a little blood, for 23 years. It might have something to do with his partner there with the equally pristine blood-stained shirt.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Playground Of Terror The best and worst part of the zombie walk happened as the horde descended on a group of kids in the playground who were on top of the slide. At first a few of them thought it was funny but then some became confused and then they all became quite frightened and will probably need about 20 years of therapy to recover from the trauma. I heard afterwards from a friend who participated in the walk that the parents were nearby and thought it was hilarious.

Welcome to 21st-Century parenting.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
The Road To Nowhere Just before the Sea Point swimming pools the horde hit a U-turn forcefield being manned by a marshal. It allowed for a few great shots as the zombies started walking in all sorts of directions as they didn't know what to do.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
A Moment Of Levity For the most part the zombies tried to scare passersby and people out enjoying the weather and the beachfront but these ladies sitting on a bench were having none of it and instead posed for photographs with the participants.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Sweet Treats Eyeballs and teeth and guts.

Oh my.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Armed And Dangerous I did say that I never saw the militia again, which was true, but Doane spotted them tailing the horde soon after the U-turn moment. They were obviously, wisely, keeping their distance to conserve ammo.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
New Kids, Same Terror On The Block On the way back, 15 minutes later, a group of terrified boys became trapped on the slide and a similar scenario played out again. People never learn.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Medic Alert Zombie mental patients are a whole new level of freaky.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
The Zombie Librarian This librarian had a book impaled in her skull but I don't know whether the grey pallor was as a result of that or 20 years of being stuck in a library.

(Community-service announcement: the zombie librarian was with a guy who was handing out reminder flyers for next year's SADWCon (the first South African Discworld Convention) so don't forget there's going to be a SADWCon (the first South African Discworld Convention) next year.)


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
We All Scream... For Ice Cream? Everyone was dead hot by this point and an enterprising ice-cream salesman took advantage by cornering the exhausted zombie participants in the promenade bend between the two grassy fields.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Long Late-Afternoon Shadows Sea Point has beautiful afternoon light and sunsets but that meant that on the way back it became increasingly difficult to photograph zombies due to the light being behind them.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Hungry And Tired... But Mostly Hungry After over an hour of walking some very tired zombies rested back at the start point.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
Portrait Of A Zombie with sheep and scythe.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 2
So Ends A Day At The Beach Although the location wasn't ideal even if it was particularly scenic this year's zombie walk was once again lots of fun. The zombie participants were very creative with their cool costumes and makeup and they've set the bar high for next year's event.

Quote of the walk: "I should have borrowed an undead baby with an axe in its head."

Runner-up quote of the walk: "We might be zombies but we still find puppies cute."


Did you miss part 1 of the zombie walk? Then catch up! If you're done, please share our articles on Facebook and Twitter.


The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk was an official event of the 2012 Horrorfest.


Tags: #arts_and_culture, #horror, #zombies






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