Keeping It Weird: The 2010 Portland Zombie Walk
A brainwavez.org Cultural Experience In Portland, Oregon, USA

United States of America By: Jase Luttrell on 8 November 2010
Category: Culture > Features
Tags: #horror, #zombies
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The following is a photographic journey among some of Portland's hungriest, braaaaaainnnn-starved zombie citizens who wandered around the city in their effort to "Keep Portland Weird" (the city's unofficial motto), as well as an (obscured) experience of their comedic attempt at reviving Michael Jackson by dancing to "Thriller".

It seems most cities these days are jumping on the bandwagon and having their own zombie walks. I've now experienced two, the first of which, in Boise, Idaho, was featured on this site in 2008. The Portland Zombie Walk was scheduled to start at 16:00 on 23 October 2010 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon. I arrived 20 minutes before the time to get the lay of the land, take some quick photos, and position myself in the best spot possible to witness Thrill The World Portland, which was simply zombies doing the "Thriller" dance from Michael Jackson's iconic music video.

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

Even with the rain, I grossly underestimated the turnout. As you can tell by the following photos, there were easily 1000 people in attendance. I have no idea how many people participated in the dance, because my "best spot possible" position meant that I was standing in a crowd of people all vying for the best spot possible, and I was only able to view a small flurry of action through the zombie horde.

After the "Thriller" dance, the zombies began their stilted walk along the predetermined route and I followed, snapping photos along the way. The Portland Zombie Walk was similar to what I experienced in Boise, Idaho. The zombies meandered through the city, surprising and delighting the unexpected citizens of Portland. At one point, I listened to a father hold his young toddler, reassuring her that the crowd of bloody zombies was "just pretend" and "just for fun".

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

Having the walk take place during daylight made it easier to take photos but it also detracted from the moment (though for safety and security reasons, the timing made sense) and made the sight of the zombies less frightening. What I found most interesting is the large amount of people who went to observe the event but did not participate (I am included in this group). I was surprised at how many people were taking photos, video, and audio recordings, presumably for their blogs and web sites. It was a staggering reminder of how the Internet connects us, and how technology has become so integral to our experience in life.

With that said, please enjoy the photos below!

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk

2010 Portland Zombie Walk





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