Everyone, we did it! You did it! Ask zombies and ye shall receive!
We blew our goal of 1,000 pounds of food out of the water with over 1,400 pounds donated and $220 in cash donations! THANK YOU MEMPHIS from all of us at Memphis Zombies. You are the most generous and caring zombies of them all!
A few days ago, we asked on Facebook for a list of events or services happening before, during, or after the walk this year. We’re sure there are more, but see below for a quick list of zombie-lovin’ events/services happening Friday! If you know of another event or service not on the list, put it in the comments and post it on the Facebook page! And if we spoke a few months or weeks ago but your event/service isn’t listed, it’s only because we weren’t sure we had updated details. Contact us and we’ll add it! New stuff has already been added since this post’s first publication five minutes ago! Land speed record for zombie activity!
Note: The events/services below are not officially connected to Memphis Zombies or the Memphis Zombie March, but they are zombie-friendly! Contact the individual provider for additional details.
SEE YOU FRIDAY!
A.G. Howard & Halloween Express will be helping us out at the makeup table!
Midtown Bike, 517 S Main St., is offering 10% off any bike in stock, or 15% off any special order bike. “Valid for Zombies only.”
Memphis Pedicab Company “will be available for transporting zombies whose rotting feet give out on them.” Per their Facebook page, looks like rides are free but pedicab drivers work for tips. (You think they take fingertips? Toes?)
Brinson’s, 341 Madison Ave., is luring in zombies for a DJ night featuring DJ Mary Jane with a cash prize hula hoop contest. No specific time listed on their flyer, but we think this event will start later and end later.
Memphis Zombie Hunt will be at the walk hunting volunteers and zombies for their Zombie 5k on October 5th. You probably can’t miss them, because they’ll have trailers and a 10 ft. Cletus zombie!
It’s lucky year number 7 for the 2013 Memphis Zombie Massacre, everyone! And to shake things up a little bit, we’re going to shake things up a little bit. But just a little. This year, we have a new starting location which will give you longer to shimmy and shamble your shuffly selves around downtown Memphis, and we’ll have a cleanup crew afterward to clean the streets (volunteers, anyone?). Details about that and a lot more info below.
Please read all the info below. It’s essential info for the walk and for how to have the most fun at it, and it’ll hopefully answer all of your questions while entertaining you a little too. If you have a question, please write us a comment on this post, or contact us on our Facebook page, our Twitter page, or at memphiszombies at gmail dot com.
See you May 31!!!
You! And your friends! And your kids! And your loved ones! The walk is open to everyone, whether you want to walk or watch. Free to all. Zombies of all ages, types, sizes, shapes, and pieces welcome.
The Memphis Zombie Massacre is a rain-or-shine walk. It’s a parade of sorts. An art event. A costume party. A scene from a horror movie (“Dude, this 3D is so realistic it’s like the zombies are RIGHT HERE.”). And most of all, it’s a celebration of all things undead. We’re in our 7th year of a creative and awesome horde of bloodied folks descending on downtown Memphis on a warm May day in search of brain food.
But these zombies know how to share their meals, too. For the third year, Memphis Zombies will collect non-perishable food items for the Mid-South Food Bank. Last year we collected over 750 pounds of food, and we really want to collect 1,000 this year! Help us reach our goals and help some very deserving people! We’re taking non-perishable food items (no glass containers, please) as well as cash or check donations. Please click here for full details about the food drive.
Want more details about the finer points of the walk? Keep scrollin’…
Friday, May 31! We will begin collecting food and offering makeup (more on that later) around 3:30 p.m., and the walk will step off at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Depending on how fast you walk/shuffle/drag along, it may take about 30 minutes to an hour to walk the route proper. And if you’re interested in volunteering after the walk (and we hope you are!), we’ll have a cleanup crew walk the route again armed with sponges and suds to soak up some of the craziest messes. If you want to be part of the cleanup crew, send us a line at memphiszombies at gmail dot com.
WHERE THIS YEAR IS NEW! STOP AND READ THIS!This year, we are staging and stepping off from Army-Navy Park, at the corner of South Second and G.E. Patterson. This is very close to the corner we’ve started from the last two years, but gives us a little more room to collect donations and more time to do your best zombie shuffle. See below for an updated route map!
And now, the meat of the situation….
PARK / WALK / BIKE / TROLLEY / STAGGER / JUST GET THERE!
Parking is up to you, so please arrive early. There’s lot of free/paid parking around (here’s a map of Downtown parking lots). If you want to park close to the beginning of the route, please remember it’s also Trolley Tour night (Great for zombie-watching, or people-watching, if you’re hungry). Also, please don’t park in private lots, including the MATA lot by the Farmers Market. If driving a car is no longer within your zombie faculties, or if you’re a green zombie (GET IT?!?!), you can walk, ride your bike, or take the trolley to South Main and GE Patterson.
MAKEUP AND FOOD DONATION
Army-Navy Park is our new staging AND stepping-off point, which means donating canned goods will be even easier (no more hiking up the hill to the MATA lot to drop off a pallet of canned brains!) and we’ll be in a big ol’ horde right from the start. The park is also where we’ll have makeup help available on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting around 3:30 p.m. We’re pretty excited about the makeup folks this year (we always are!) but please remember that the line can get long and, sadly, we often can’t zombify everyone before the walk steps off. So, please arrive early or already zombified! We love seeing everyone’s creativity. A couple of other options, if standing in line and/or pre-zombifying aren’t your thing… we’ll have plenty of duct tape for X’s if you want to be turned by the crowd (more below) or you can bring your own supplies and zomb out in the staging area. It’s cool to watch zombie strangers helping each other out and transforming right before our bloodshot eyes.
Best, if you have spare blood, bring it along with you to help folks out. Check this Google page to make your own blood, or buy it at any local costume/party retailer. Keep in mind that some fake blood is really hard, if not impossible, to get out of clothes so be careful. Also, check the Facebook page and this website for more makeup tips.
A DUCT TAPE X MARKS THE SPOT…FOR ZOMBIES TO ATTACK YOU If you are brave and strong and into the idea of getting turned into a zombie, you can leave your zombifying up to the crowd. Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting splattered (and maybe even soaked) with fake blood, and put a big huge prominent duct tape X on yourself. We’ll have tape handy for you if you want to get marked on the spot. The X tells soon-to-be fellow zombies that you are OK with getting “attacked” by walkers! Once you’re turned, get into character and stagger along the rest of the route with us!
A YELLOW SHIRT MARKS THE SPOT…FOR A HORDE HERDER TO HELP YOU Organizers will be in our famous (they’re famous, right?) yellow, yellow, bright bright yellow shirts. We are a small group but we are friendly. Please don’t hesitate to come to us to drop off donations, ask about makeup, or ask just about anything. We won’t bite. Well…we won’t bite you.
THE WALK (ING DEAD) We might be an undead, unconscious herd, but we’re still on time. We will step off right at 6:30 p.m., walk from Army-Navy Park to the corner of Main and G.E. Patterson (where we’ve stepped off before), turn right onto Main, then right onto Beale. We’ll officially end around the New Daisy on Beale.
THE MID-WALK PAUSE We like descending upon Beale in one big shuddering crowd, so again this year we’ll pause everyone at the corner of Beale and Main to let the herd grow as everyone catches up. Please don’t rage-zombie run in front of everyone. If you’re in the front of the crowd, you may end up waiting a few minutes here, but hey, more time to rest your aching rotting feet and moan and mumble! While you’re waiting, please be cool and don’t be bloody all over the Orpheum or other businesses/sidewalks/newspaper bins/etc as you chill out.
THE BEALE INVASION/ THE END
Once the crowd’s pretty much together, we’ll invade Beale en masse! The walk will officially end around the New Daisy, which is toward the east end of Beale Street. If past years hold true, some groups among you always plan some really cool stuff for Beale Street, stuff even we humble writers don’t know about, so be on the lookout for zombie performances at their finest! And if you’re planning something that you DO want us to know about, email us and we’ll include you in a post in the next few days detailing some of the other rad zombie events happening that night and around the time of the walk.
THE CLEANUP CREW / THE POST-MORTEM
THIS IS ALSO NEW THIS YEAR! So, Memphis Zombies has a confession to make. Last year, we got some complaints about the blood left behind by the walkers. Even though sometimes we’re lucky enough that rain washes it away before too long, we have to admit it must be pretty freaking scary to not know the walk happened and wake up on Saturday morning to a Main Street covered in (fake) blood. So this year we are stepping up the post-walk cleanup efforts and organizing a cleanup crew to walk the route right after the zombies finish and clean up some of the messiest spots. We’ve had several people ask how they can volunteer with us, and this is definitely a way. We will have cleanup supplies on hand, but will gladly take more if you want to donate your supplies, your time, or your elbow grease. If you want to help us clean up, meet back at the staging area around 7 p.m. and we’ll equip you with a sponge and some soap!
ZOMBIE BITS AND PIECES
Here’s some more info we really want you to know.
KIDS: They are welcome! Kids have great costumes and make great zombies. So, please bring the brood along if you think they will be into it but also please be aware and proactive about the fact that some zombies can be frightening.
WEAPONS: NO REAL WEAPONS, AND BETTER YET, NO WEAPONS THAT LOOK REAL. We know it’s a bummer if you have a super sweet outfit that’s perfectly complemented by a super-realistic zombie hunting weapon, but you and we can get into some very unwanted, very real trouble and cause some very real fear if you take the act too far with your realistic weapons Downtown. This also goes for when you’re walking to and from the walk, where people will not know you are part of a performance. We want your look to be as awesome as possible, but PLEASE keep this in mind. Which is a great way to bring up the next point…
BYSTANDERS / PEOPLE WHO AREN’T INTO IT: Remember that not everyone is into the zombie walk. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. PLEASE do not provoke / attack / run at / scare someone who does not look entertained. Do not get blood on someone if they don’t have a duct tape X. If someone looks scared or offended or annoyed, don’t be a jerk. Remember, this is a community event free and open to everyone, and visible to everyone. And if we get a reputation for being rude jerks, that hurts everyone.
RULES AND GUIDELINES / LEGAL: The walk is made possible and legal by a yearly assembly/parade permit issued by the City of Memphis. The organizers will all be carrying a copy. We have to follow these rules in order to convince the city to let us do this every year, so please help us out. Remember:
Don’t provoke/harass/scare bystanders and kids.
Don’t spray blood on anything but yourselves. And don’t throw trash on the ground. The organizers will be picking up trash and spot-cleaning the route after the walk, but please be kind to us and to our great city.
No blocking traffic, walking in the street, setting up structures on the sidewalk. We know keeping to the sidewalks is kinda tough to do, what with the giant horde of us, but do your best. We have not had much of a problem with this before, but it is one of the most important parts of our permit verbiage.
Be conscious of your alcohol consumption. Don’t drink underage, don’t drink and drive, and don’t get so sloshed that your zombie act stops being an act.
No entering galleries or shops while all gored up. This is “don’t get blood on things” but the indoor version.
Don’t break the law. This is a no-brainer.
Want to do your own makeup? YouTube is yo’ friend. Take a look.
AND THANK YOU
The walk is not the walk without the walkers. This event is for Memphis, by Memphis, and totally Memphis. We love the city, our zombies, and the zombies who come from outside city limits to make this event bigger and better every year. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. OUR NOT EXACTLY BEATING HEARTS.
It was an unseasonably muggy Friday evening, but Memphis came out in droves for the sixth-annual Memphis Zombie Massacre. There were Pikachu zombies, gardener zombies, Titanic zombies, superhero zombies, zombies in wheelchairs, zombies on walkers, zombies in strollers, zombies in wagons, zombies who dragged one foot behind them the ENTIRE way, zombie Trekkies, zombie Sasquatches, steampunk zombie fighters, zombie Grizzlies fans, zombies who had busted through mini-blinds, zombies who wanted kisses, and SO MUCH MORE.
What makes the whole event even better is that we raised more than 750 pounds of food and $100 for the Mid-South Food Bank, once again proving that it’s possible to do something completely crazy and fun and still do good works for the community.
So thank you, Memphis, for your continued support of this event. And thank you to all our volunteers, who each played an integral part in getting the walk accomplished. We could not do it without each and every one of you. We look forward to the next go ’round. In the meantime, stay up on Memphis Zombies news at our Facebook and Twitter pages. We hope to have some exciting announcements to share in the coming months.
Many of you have shared your MZM2012 photos in our Flickr pool. There are so many great images there! Here’s just a sampling. (Clicking a photo takes you to the photographer’s Flickr page for that image.)
Did you ever think we would make it to ROUND SIX of the Memphis Zombie Massacre, undead friends? Well, we’re here and this year’s event promises to be undeader than ever. Read on for this year’s official guide to all things MZM. If you have questions at the end of this post, leave a comment or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to clear things up.
It’s the Memphis Zombie Massacre, an annual spectacle of the undead variety in Downtown Memphis, Tenn. We’re first and foremost a public performance art project, but we use our numbers to do good for the community, too. This year we’re once again taking donations for the Mid-South Food Bank, a great organization that helps feed hungry people in the region. We’re taking non-perishable food items (no glass containers, please) as well as cash or check donations. Please click here for full details about the food drive.
MZM2012 is a rain or shine event!
WHEN AND WHERE
Friday, May 25. We step off from the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson (at Ernestine & Hazel’s) at 6:30 p.m., so it’s best to get arrive early to have plenty of time to park or bike or take the trolley or walk or whatever. Remember, it’s also art trolley night, so parking in South Main will be at a premium.
PARKING Here’s a map of Downtown parking lots, some of which are pay lots and some of which are free. If you plan to park near the beginning of the route, there is usually lots of free street parking in the South Main area; you just have to be creative and look for it. Please refrain from parking in the asphalt lot adjacent to the farmers market pavilion, as that is a MATA lot and they were not happy with us for parking there last year. Also, don’t forget that you can park anywhere Downtown and take the trolley to South Main and GE Patterson.
Here’s the route map:
The staging area is in the same place as last year — in the grassy lot near Front and G.E. Patterson (near where the Memphis Farmers Market is every weekend). That’s where we’ll have makeup help available, and that’s where to bring your items to donate. Organizers will be in the area to take your donations and begin helping with makeup starting at 3:30 p.m. As in years past, we will be available to help zombify participants on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to have an assembly line of makeup artists to help zombify the masses, but we unfortunately never have the time to zombify everyone who wants our help. So come early, or better yet come zombified! You can also bring your own supplies and zombify yourself and your friends in the staging area (just be sure to clean up after yourself). Or come marked to be devoured by the horde. See below for details on that.
Some notes about the route. THIS IS SORT OF NEW! This year we will again be going from South Main to Beale beginning at GE Patterson. We will again be pausing for a few minutes at Beale and Main to let the back of the horde catch up to the front so that we can invade Beale Street with the greatest impact. We ask for your patience! Please refrain from running up ahead of the throng.
The idea is to pause and re-stage and re-gather at the corner of Main and Beale in the grassy/park area there near the MLGW building at Main and Beale. Zombies, you’ll be looking for this fellow to lead the way:
If we can pause at Beale and South Main for just a few minutes, it will allow the tail end of the horde to catch up to the front, and our invasion of Beale will look and feel as huge as it actually will be, since we’ll all be invading together rather than in small, segmented groups separated by traffic lights. Watch for cues from organizers and our friend on the Segway.
The walk ends officially at Fourth Street, so once you see the empty shell of the Plush Club (or whatever it was most recently called) across the street, you’ve reached the end of your mission and can mingle and go about your undead business.
We have plenty of zombie families that like to join us and we are happy to have them! All we ask is that you don’t subject your kid to something he or she isn’t going to be able to handle or that you’re not going to take the time to explain.
Every year someone asks about bringing real-looking weapons to the walk and every year we debate what to say because we do not want to be responsible for policing everyone in this way. OBVIOUSLY you should not bring real weapons of any kind. As for toy or stage weapons, the guideline is to use common sense and don’t get too carried away. If you are coming as a zombie fighter and you have weaponry that looks real, keep in mind that you have weaponry that looks real, so DO NOT PROVOKE anyone who isn’t clearly in on the joke. You do not want to incite the wrath of the Memphis Police or any random person packing heat on the Memphis streets. You just don’t.
As we mentioned above, we will be available to help zombify in the staging area marked on the map. We always have a TON of people line up for makeup jobs, and unfortunately our window of time (more than two hours) never allows for us to get to everyone who wants help. So please, if you can, come already made up. Or bring your own gear and help make yourself and others up on site. The best part of a zombie walk is seeing how crazy creative you can be with your own makeup and effects, so show us what you’ve got! Thank you in advance.
If you don’t want to come already zombified, you have the option of being devoured by the teeming masses. Here’s how you would achieve that:
Easy, right? Just come clearly marked with a duct-tape X (be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind messing up), and hang out along the route. The later in the route you pop up, the less likely you are to be zombified. This is simply because our (understandably) overzealous zombies tend to run out of their extra blood-n-gore rations early in the walk. So consider hanging out on the first leg of the walk to be zombified. Although, honestly, seeing some people get eaten on Beale Street would be pretty fine, too. So do whatever you want, just know your odds.
WHICH RAISES AN IMPORTANT POINT! We need lots of zombies to come armed with a bottle or two of fake blood they can hang on to and ration during the walk, so that our duct-taped friends can be sure to get in on the action. There are lots of ways to make your own blood, or you can buy it at any local costume/party retailer.
RULES AND GUIDELINES
We will be operating on a public assembly/parade permit issued by the City of Memphis. This means that we need to behave ourselves so that we can continue to come back every year without the kind of civic drama that has happened in some other cities.
So that means:
• No harassing or touching or spraying gore at bystanders who are not clearly marked to be part of the walk.
• No scaring children who clearly aren’t into it.
• No messing with property that isn’t yours. This means cars, store fronts, news stands, etc. Don’t damage stuff that’s not yours. And please don’t litter. Sure, we’re going to leave a trail of blood and gore but let’s not add trash to the mix.
• No blocking traffic. This is in some ways inevitable, but in the past we have been able to manage ourselves and abide, more or less, by the whims of the crosswalk lights, and everything has turned out swimmingly.
• No boozin’ it up during the walk. We know people do it anyway, but please be judicious and don’t get too crazed.
• No entering galleries or shops while all gored up. This is mostly a practical request; we don’t want a spate of businesses bitching about the kids who tracked blood in on their nice floors.
• Don’t break the law. You’re undead, but they will still throw your ass in jail.
There are tons of zombie makeup tutorials on YouTube. Take a look.