Community and SUNY Plattsburg Students Collaborate on 6th Annual Zombie Walk
Organizers hope to break walk records and surpass 400 participants
Plattsburgh, N.Y., October 25, 2014- The annual Plattsburgh Zombie Walk draws hundreds of people to celebrate the spirit of Halloween. This year walk organizers hope to shatter the record of 350 participants by reaching 400 ghastly ghouls. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, October 25th, starting at the Farmers and Crafters Pavilion located in the Durkee Street Parking lot. Registration will begin at 6:00 and the walk will start at 7:00.
Zombie Walks are international phenomena held to celebrate the Halloween, horror movie and zombie culture. This all-ages event first started in 2003 in Toronto, Canada and by the mid to late 2000’s spread across North America and Europe. Walks are now held in cities and towns all across the world. For the past 5 years the Plattsburgh Zombie Walk has collaborated with student organizations at SUNY Plattsburgh and community groups to promote a fun and safe all-ages community event.
This year’s event will have multiple components. Participants looking to dance in Plattsburgh’s first ever ‘Thrill the World’ event should show up at 5:30pm to rehearse at the Farmer and Crafter’s Market located in the Durkee Street Parking Lot. Thrill the World is the world’s largest flash mob event which pays tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the official dance will take place at 6pm.
The Zombie Walk Registration will immediately follow the Thrill the World dance at the Farmer and Crafter’s Market pavilion. Registration will run from 6:00-7:00 and the walk will start after registration closes. The walk will snake around downtown and return participants to where the after events will be located. “We are really excited to collaborate with so many groups this year and give Zombie Walk participants a full night of all-ages family entertainment.” Says organizer Kimberly Cummins
ROTA Gallery and Studios, located at 89 Bridge Street, will be hosting all-ages heavy-metal and punk music throughout the night. 30 City, located at 30 City Hall Place, will host several events. Starting at 6-7:00pm Nichole Nevaro will host Family Friendly Scary Stories. At 7:30, local author David Monette will be signing copies of his newly published book The Warring Dead. “As an author and illustrator of a zombie novel trilogy, the idea of teaming up with the Plattsburgh Zombie Walk for my book launch events was a no-brainer. The folks involved in this exciting community activity, from the organizers to the participants, are incredibly supportive, welcoming, and just plain fun to be around,” says author David Monette. Following the book signing there will be performances by members of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Ukadooks and a capella group ‘Minor Adjustments’. President of the SUNY Plattsburgh’s ‘Zombie Defense League’ and walk co-organizer, Darcy Jones felt that “It's important to collaborate on community events and get college organizations out there and have the public actually know you exist and why you exist as a group.” Events at the ROTA Gallery and 30 City will wrap up by 10 pm. Those 21 and older can continue their evening at the Monopole Bar, located at 7 Protection Ave, for more live music.
Co-organizer Matt Hall stated, “I've been helping to coordinate and watching it grow for the past four years, and it gets better every time. This year we have so many different groups collaborating and really offering something for everyone.”
All events are free but donations will be accepted and donated to the ROTA Gallery and 30 City to help them continue to promote the arts in Plattsburgh, NY.