“World’s greatest undead party” as Minneapolis sets zombie gathering record

By Kevin Lynch

The walking dead hit the streets of the Warehouse District in Minneapolis on Saturday to set a new world record for the largest gathering of zombies.

A grand total of 15,458 flesh-hungry participants shuffled along closed off streets as part of the annual Zombie Pub Crawl event.

Billed as the “world’s greatest undead party” , participants were kept entertained by DJ Steve Aoki and rapper Juicy J on two outdoor stages bars with food trucks, clubs and bars along the route also participating in the event.

The gathering beat the previous record of 9,592 set by the New Jersey Zombie Walk (USA) in Asbury Park, New Jersey last year.

Under the rules for the record, all participants needed to wear zombie costumes or make up, with the make up needing to include at least white face, dark eyes and red colour.

As all those taking part also needed to be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of five minutes, Minneapolis created a zombie zone, sealing off an area from 3rd Street to 6th Street and from Hennepin Avenue to 2nd Avenue specifically for the record attempt count.

Founded in 2005, the annual Zombie Pub Crawl event had previously set the record in 2012 with a gathering of 8.027.