Scary mob to invade downtown for second year in a row

Stephanie De Roo and other zombie walk participants invade downtown Juneau in 2010.

What would you do if you discovered your neighbors were zombies? On Friday, Juneau residents have a chance to find out. A flash mob of Juneau residents made up and dressed as zombies will stagger from the Evergreen Cemetery to the heart of downtown Juneau.

This is the second annual zombie walk, organized by 100.7 KXLL – Excellent Radio, and Andy Kline, the program director for the station, has suggested the event will be much the same as last year.

Zombies will gather at the cemetery at 7 p.m. and, staying to the sidewalks, make their way at a fairly slow pace, typical of the undead, toward the Rendezvous Bar at 184 South Franklin, where a costume contest, will take place. Though the final destination is open to only those 21 and older, participants of last year’s zombie walk ranged from undead in their 50’s to the youngest zombie, just shy of five months old.

It is estimated that more than 200 Juneau residents joined in the fun last year and most bystanders responded positively to the invasion; for those concerned, Kline has suggested that “zombie blood is water soluble.” Kline recalls only one complaint reaching him last year, that of some children being frightened on their way to the 20th Century Theatre with their mother. Most flash mobs are unannounced, but Juneau may benefit from knowing in advance that the zombie walk will occur, providing residents an option to join in, grab a camera, or to cover the eyes of the easily startled. Not much planning goes into the event; Kline says, “zombies are notorious for disorganization” but an event like this seems to take care of itself. When asked for further comment on the event, Kline responded with, “Braaaiiins.”

To participate, show up in full zombie regalia at 7 p.m. on Friday at Evergreen Cemetery, rain or shine. The event will wrap up at the Rendezvous Bar, 184 South Franklin St.


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