The pre-walk party begins at 11AM to 1PM at the Blazing Saddle, 416 East 5th Street. Come for makeup, photos, purchase official walk merchandise, raffle and make a donation. The event is family friendly and free to participate. The zombie walk gives fans of the macabre a place to support their community.
"I'm passionate about two things, zombies and helping my community. The Des Moines Zombie Walk brings out those creative and kind citizens and gives them a time to shine, or ooze depending on how you look at it,” said Gary Wickering, walk organizer. “It's sure to be a day everyone looks forward to each year as we continue to infect more and more kind-hearted, tasty brained Iowans."
The horde will start at Brenton Skating Plaza, head through Court Avenue District, stumble to the state capitol for a group photo and then end at Zombie Burger + Drink Lab for the official after party where 10 percent of sales will be donated to Central Iowa Shelter & Services.
In 2009, the first year saw just over one hundred people. In 2010, there were just over three hundred and twenty five people. The walk has set a goal of 750-1,000 zombies walking for charity and raising free will donations up to $10,000 for Central Iowa Shelter & Services.
Sponsors include: Social Republick, Finders Creepers, The Blazing Saddle, Fong’s Pizza, Heroic Ink, Skin Kitchen, Hor-RIFF-ic Productions, Lance Shuey Photography, Mars Café, and Des Moines Theatrical Shop
ABOUT DES MOINES ZOMBIE WALK
The Des Moines Zombie Walk began in 2009 as a community event harness people’s love for zombies, have fun and raise money for charities. For more information visit www.desmoineszombiewalk.com
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Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.