ST. GEORGE – St. George Boulevard was invaded by a shambling horde of the undead Saturday.
Comics Plus, along with co-sponsors The Rush, Maverick, YO2 yogurt, Princess Characters, and Fun Time Inflatables, hosted the Fourth Annual St. George Zombie Walk, Saturday afternoon. Participants in the walk donated canned goods and nonperishables to the Dixie Care and Share.
“This year we walk for a humanitarian cause, hunger,” David Roland, owner of Comics Plus and event organizer, said on the walk’s Facebook page.“We’re raising food donations for the great folks at Dixie Care & Share to help feed people. After all, zombies crave well-fed brains.”
Now in its fourth year, Roland said he has seen the Zombie Walk grow in size and popularity with each passing year, especially considering the popularity of the zombie horror genre over the last decade. The success of shows like AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has only helped add to it. Roland even had autographed memorabilia from the show to give away as prizes after the walk.
As the zombies shuffled and moved their way down St George Boulevard, passersby stopped to take pictures and some locked their doors, unsure of the sight before them. After a mile-round trip from the parking lot of Comics Plus to the dirt lot between Best Western Coral Hills and the Desert Palms motel and back, participants were treated to prizes for best zombie shuffle, best costume, and best zombie moan.
“It was very entertaining and we will defiantly be going to it again next year,” said participating zombie shufflers Mellissa and Tristina Hansen, of Henderson Nev.
During the event, Roland introduced his girlfriend, Brittainee Robinson, to the crowd and thanked her for helping put the event together for the last two years. He explained how the two met during one of previous zombie walks. Roland then publicly professed his undying zombie love for his girlfriend.
As for contribution made to Dixie Care & Share, Roland said: “This year we collected 10 boxes full of food, I am not sure how much weight it will be but every little bit helps.”
St. George News Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this article.
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