The walking dead hit White Rock Sunday

WHITE ROCK — If you happen to see some of the walking dead roaming along Marine Drive on Sunday, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the fourth-annual White Rock Zombie Walk.

Just like years past, people will descend upon the city’s waterfront dressed as the undead for the Sunday, Sept. 7 march.

While past iterations have generally seen the White Rock walk held a week or two after Vancouver’s, this year the walk will be held a day after the larger event.

White Rock walk organizer Teresa Brauer said she was surprised when she learned Vancouver’s event was going to be held later than the typical timeframe of the end of August, but said she’s confident having the events so close together won’t hurt hers.

"Most of the people who walked last time were going to Vancouver but thought it would be great to do a second day, so we’re doing the next day," she said.

"It’s in the afternoon so we’re hoping to get the same numbers, if not more than last year."

Last year more than 60 participants hit White Rock’s sunny streets, with everything from families to real estate agents and even seniors coming out.

The event proved to be so popular that they even received an impromptu police escort down Marine Drive.

"I guess they saw the posters and wanted to keep us all under control," laughed Brauer.

"Usually we abide by the laws of the land and stick to the sidewalks but because we had a police presence we were told we were allowed to walk on the street. Most zombie walks will stick to sidewalks."

This year, Brauer is wondering if she’ll even see White Rock council candidates in attendance, what with it being election season and all.

"That would be awesome," she said. "Of course, we would love to see it grow every year."

As in previous years, there will be prizes for the best costume, and participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the SOURCES food bank.

"We really want to stress that," said Brauer.

"Enjoy, have fun, don’t be afraid to be the only person on the bus dressed as a zombie – there will be other zombies when you get here and it will be fun," she added.

Would-be undead are asked to meet Sunday in the parking lot beside the Washington Avenue Grill at 1:30 p.m.; the march down Marine Drive will begin at 2 p.m.

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