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Fremont’s Zombie Walk World Record Ripped Apart By Mexico

November 28th, 2011 by master

Fremont vs. Mexico. It’s a rivalry as old as time itself.

As we all know, Fremont was originally known as San Fremont, founded by Mexican explorers. They ruled with an iron first for many years until The Great Fremont-Mexican War of 1907. Many lives were lost but from the ashes rose The People’s Republic of Fremont. To commemorate our victory, we erected the Fremont Troll in honor of General Augustus Trollio, commander of the Fremont armed forces. And we ride bicycles naked on the Solstice to commemorate the naked cyclists that distracted Mexican troops long enough so that we could win the deciding battle.*

* – Some, or all, of this may or may not be true.

We thought our battled with Mexico were over. However, we knew deep down that it was only a matter of time before they were back.

Earlier this year, the folks at Fremont Outdoor Movies and the Seattle Zombie Walk gathered over 4,000 zombies in the streets of Fremont in order to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Zombies.

This past Saturday, Mexico struck back and over 10,000 zombies gathered in Mexico City, shattering the record and declaring vengeance on Fremont.

And so, the bloody gauntlet has been laid down. It’s up to the folks back here in Fremont to figure out a way to get 10,000+ zombies into Fremont next year if they want a chance at reclaiming the record.

If you thought 4K zombies was too much, gird your loins. Literally.

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Fremont Zombie Walk Videos: Sights, Sounds & Other Gory Details

July 3rd, 2011 by master

Here’s some videos from Saturday’s record-breaking Zombie gathering and walk through Fremont. Check out videos of the Thriller dance, the walk though Fremont and the cutest little zombie you’ll ever find.


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Photos: World Record For Zombie Gathering Belongs To Fremont

July 3rd, 2011 by master

Around 7pm on Saturday, I drove over to PCC and parked in the underground lot. Upstairs, zombies were trudging by, moaning and yelling as they passed. Some even leaned against the glass, trying to get a taste of our organic, non-GMO brains. After I paid, I made my way back down to the lot. For a second, I kid you not, I was nervous. I thought to myself, “Dark, limited exits, bad sightlines…this is a terrible place to be during a zombie apocalypse.”

And then I remembered…

Congrats, everyone. You stayed alive after yesterday’s zombie infestation. And you did it while the Guinness World Record for Gathering of Zombies was being broken.

According to organizers, 4,522 zombies shuffled into Fremont yesterday, devouring the previous record of 4,093. Congrats to the organizers, who busted their butts (and delicious brains) to make it happen.

More photos from the day below (Part I of our photos here). These pics are courtesy of Tom Wright Photography. IF you have some photos you’d like to share, send them our way and we’ll post as well.

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Fremont Zombie Walk Photos (Part 1)

July 2nd, 2011 by master

Well, if you’ve been in Fremont today, you already know that the neighborhood is overrun by a zombie horde. All kinds of zombies have infested our little town. Scary zombies, funny zombies, bloody zombies, bride zombies, little zombies, cheerleader zombies, futuristic zombies, Victorian zombies and I think I even saw a He-Man zombie.

Here’s a couple photos from the quiet before the storm when the zombies started lining up around 4pm. Plenty more photos from the day to come.

Stay tuned. And stay alive…

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Fremont Zombie Walk, Immortalized In Peeps Form

April 25th, 2011 by master

You’re looking at ‘Fremont’s “Red, White and Peep” Zombie Walk,’ the Grand Prize winner, adult category of the Seattle Times Peeps Contest.

The display was created by Jennifer Hamilton, along with her two kids, Lux Rattray, 7, and Johnny Rattray, 3, of Renton, and friend Catherine Stringer.

“It took a full weekend … six to eight hours each day,” said Hamilton. “We molded out of Fimo clay and sewed the clothes. It was a lot of work.”

Th win earned them $500. For the full list and photos of the winners, check them out here.

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Zombie Takeover in Fremont: the Red, White & (Un)Dead Center of the Universe

July 3rd, 2010 by master

UPDATE: Preliminary numbers show 4,233 zombies were in Fremont yesterday, which should break the world record of 4,026, reports KOMOnews.com. We’ve contacted Ryan Reiter at Fremont Outdoor Movies for verification, which we’ll hopefully have after the holiday.

They shuffled, ambled and sometimes lunged at unsuspecting spectators. They chased zombie hunters who rationalized their attacks on them by saying, “The undead aren’t people.” They threatened to eat the living, although some chose to go vegan or organic in their dining preferences. They came caked in (fake) blood, several stages of decomposition and excelling in creativity. A lot of people have been watching a lot of zombie movies, because they were all kinds of convincing.

We saw several varieties of Zombie: Stormtrooper Staked by Lightsaber, Star Trek (always the red shirts!), Horror Movie Perfect, World Cup fan/Vuvuzela (stop blowing that damn horn!), Baby, Prom, Village People, Killed by Golfball, Goth, Family, Office Worker, Bride, Brain Eating, Hobo Couple, etc. Zombies don’t discriminate.

This is our Day of the (Un)Dead, the zombiewalk known as the Red, White & Dead event, right here in the (UnDead) Center of the Universe, Fremont.

They came in droves to try to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most zombies in one location. Seattle had 3,894 zombies turn out last year for the walk to set a record, but English zombies later one-upped us with 4,026.

Something about cold, wet climates bring out an infectious number of the zombie nation.

They congregated on 35th Street between Phinney and 1st Avenue NW for the better part of the day, starting at noon. The actual walk did not start until after 6. Some even took coffee breaks before their big walk.

They went west on 35th, turned right to go down 36th, headed toward the Fremont Bridge on Fremont Avenue, and then looped around on 34th.

They followed Zombie Captains who dangled body parts to lure them forward in their lumbering march.

Even in their undead state, they were true Seattle zombies: they did not cross the street until the WALK sign/symbol lit up.

And where there are zombies, there are a lot of zombie hunters. But they were often outnumbered, though they did manage to slow some down. Melees broke out sporadically. But more often than not, the zombies prevailed, pushing their all-too human resistance into retreat.

Krisha Catzen, Zombie Homeland Security & Owner of Seattle’s first Pole Dancing School, Pole for the Soul

Some humans took refuge in trees, only to find themselves surrounded! Sometimes, it really did feel like being in a zombie movie.

Photo credit: Janine Henkel

And some came up suddenly to those of us observing, scaring us into screaming/laughing like a girl. Which I am.

Zombie hecklers were also in attendance, most notably from the steps of the Red Door on 34th, a major undead watching area. Here, the zombies were judged, and sometimes, they didn’t respond so favorably!

We’ll let you know if they break the world record!

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