Walking dead to descend upon White Rock for fourth-annual zombie walk

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

Just like years past, people will descend upon White Rock’s waterfront dressed as the undead for this Sunday’s march which will come one day after Vancouver’s annual zombie walk.

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 found Vancouver’s 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 that 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 for the event. 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 on hand 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. “We had a truckload of food to donate last year and I would love to see that happen again. September is such a hard time of year for anyone that relies on the food bank, especially single parents. A lot of people only think about Christmas time for donating but September is also really important.”

Finally, Brauer is hoping to see anyone and everyone come out for what’s become a great community event.

“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 said. “It’s all about having a good time and just remember to respect people’s property on the walk. Don’t get blood on people’s storefront or vehicles. Respect people that don’t want anything to do with it but you’ll be surprised by how many people enjoy the sight.”

The fourth-annual White Rock Zombie Walk takes place Sunday, Sept. 7. Would-be undead are asked to meet in the parking lot beside the Washington Avenue Grill at 1:30 p.m. and the march down Marine Drive will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook page.

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