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Phoenix Zombie Walk brought back from the dead

Cynthiana residents Teresa Hammond and Jessica Clemons celebrate The Walking Dead Day by dressing as zombies on Saturday, August 5, for the Walking Dead Day in downtown Cynthiana, Ky.(Sarah Pompeii/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Just when it looked like Phoenix’s annual Zombie Walk was dead, the zombies will soon be rising up in the downtown warehouse district and helping a good cause.

After last year’s Zombie Walk drew 20,000 people to downtown Phoenix, a group called Downtown Phoenix Incorporated decided the event had become too big for it to handle by itself. They announced in May that this year’s walk was cancelled.

Now, however, it’s being resurrected thanks to a decision by the Arizona Hemophilia Association to become a partner in the event. It will now be a fundraiser for that group.

Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Vice President R.J. Price says that an adults only pub crawl will be added to the family friendly Zombie Walk through the Warehouse District. The fun will start at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 29th, with gates opening at 4 p.m.

“We’ll do a mile walk to the Warehouse District. We’ll conclude the walk with a costume contest,” said Price. “After the costume contest, those who are going to go on the pub crawl start their second half of their zombie journey.”

He expects downtown Phoenix to be packed with people on Oct. 29th.

“Downtown Phoenix will be busy,” Price said. “The Saturday before Halloween, I expect that our nightlife is going to be vibrant that evening, and having a bunch of zombies in the bars is going to accentuate that.”

Price says the hope is that the Hemophilia Association will be able to stage the event on its own next year.

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