|These zombies used their brains to shop local.|
Admission was free but zombies were asked to bring non-perishable food items for The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and they brought them in droves.
The day's activities included performances from live bands - The Motorpsychos, The Cheats, Icarus Witch, Del Rios, The Flying Dutchmen, and Deathmobile. In between bands, contests such as the Zombie Olympics, a (jello) brain eating contest, an ugly pageant, and the best scream contest were held. Throughout the day, local artists and a few small local businesses vended making the event truly a festival atmosphere. I was fortunate to be one of these vendors and truly appreciate all those in attendance that supported me, and all the local vendors, by buying from us. This event was a wonderful example of consumers shopping local and coming together for a good cause while having good, clean, creative, (even if it was somewhat bloody) fun.
John Russo writer of Night of the Living Dead & George Kosana the Sheriff in Night of the Living Dead were celebrity guests in attendance and there was even a chance auction held to benefit The Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
At the end of the day, the official count was 4,590 zombies in attendance for The Walk of the Dead. This year, Pittsburgh will attempt to reclaim the Guinness world record for "Largest Gathering of Zombies" and this number should have secured the title.
10/14/10 Update: 3,489 pounds of food was collected for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at Zombie Fest 2010.