ST. GEORGE – A small but animated horde of zombies shuffled down St. George Boulevard and through Ancestor Square in St. George Saturday afternoon for the fifth annual Zombie Walk charity event. The shambling undead donated food for Dixie Care & Share because, as event organizer David Roland said, “Zombies prefer a well-fed brain.”
Individuals and families showed up at Comics Plus on St. George Boulevard covered in fake blood and gore, ready to parade down the street and receive both bewildered and amazed gawks from passersby.
“Zombie walking has become a big event worldwide,” Roland, owner of Comics Plus, said.
Public reception in the early stages of the local event was pleasantly surprising, he added. The Zombie Walk partnered with Dixie Care & Share in 2012 to gather food donations and has become a bigger event each year, attracting additional sponsors and increasing crowds.
This year, the zombie horde was a little smaller but nonetheless attention-grabbing as it lumbered down St. George Boulevard.
Roland told the participating zombies there would be a bigger Zombie Walk next year, as his own time and resources in the weeks leading up to this year’s event had been taken up by another rather significant happening – getting married.
Roland met his now-wife at Zombie Walk 2011. They became friends and eventually started dating in 2012.
“At Zombie Walk 2013, I thought it only appropriate to propose to her,” Roland said, and he did.
Both Roland and his then-girlfriend were dressed as zombies when he popped the question, and it drew cheers from the rest of the decaying and blood-covered undead around them.
Roland and his wife were married in the latter half of September.
This year was the first time John Villan and his family participated in the Zombie Walk. Villan, his wife and their young son each dressed up as members of the walking dead.
“It was awesome,” John Villan said. “We’ll be back next year.”
Also hoping to get a larger crowd out next year, Villan added, “We’ve got to bite some more people.”
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