If you are walking down Tryon Street on Sunday, don't be surprised to see the walking dead.
The second annual Charlotte Zombie Walk will shamble down the streets of uptown. The event kicks off the Halloween season in Charlotte, says organizer Drew Badger, who expects about 200 participants.
“Last year's event was a lot of fun, and we are looking for a bigger turnout this year,” Badger says. “It's good to have something for everyone that puts a bit of Halloween spirit into the city.”
The festivities start with a Red Cross blood drive at 2 p.m. at Alley Cat, 314 N. College St. The dead will start their groaning march down Tryon toward the stadium at 7:30 p.m. Panthers fans: Donate a pint of blood and volunteers will get you in makeup for free.
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Walkers are encouraged to return to the Alley Cat by 9 p.m. for the Undead Ball, featuring bands Graveyard Boulevard from Charlotte and PsychoCharger from New York, as well as other entertainment. Those in makeup get in free.
The event is also a showcase for other Halloween events in and around the city, including Scarowinds, Nightmare on Independence and Terror by the Creek, all of which will have representatives on hand.
Zombies only, please, say organizers. No ghosts, vampires or other undead creatures.
For more information, go to www.myspace.com/charlottezombiewalk. Esther Robards-Forbes