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Saturday: Zombie Walk and Carnival of the Dead

Photograph from 2015’s 15th Annual Sacramento Zombie Walk, courtesy of the organizers.

Billed as the Oldest Zombie Walk in the World, Sacramento’s 16th Annual Zombie Walk takes place this Saturday, August 20th in conjunction with the younger, but synergistically themed 3rd Annual Carnival of the Dead. The center for all of Saturday’s action is Roosevelt Park at 1615 9th Street, in Downtown Sacramento.

In the words of the organizers, Trash Film Orgy Productions, “The Sacramento Zombie Walk is an interactive large-scale community performance art event. Everyone is encouraged to dress as the undead and join in as we invade Roosevelt Park for the 3rd Annual Carnival of the Dead, then terrorize the R Street Corridor and return to the park for an outdoor screening of the Sam Raimi’s 1992 undead masterpiece ‘Army of Darkness.’”

Trash Film Orgy (TFO) Production are well known to Sacramento audiences for their long running festival of midnight film screenings as well as a series of well received, locally produced feature films, featuring Sacramento-based cast and crew members. The relatively new Carnival of the Dead has not only entertained attendees in its own right but has anchored TFO’s long running Zombie Walk, creating a sustainable, genre-specific, significant event lasting several hours. And all for the undead-princely sum of absolutely nothing – because, that’s right, admission to the carnival and participation in the Walk is free for all ages.

The schedule of events for Saturday, August 20th:

4pm-The Dead Play!
Sacramento’s 3rd Annual Carnival of the Dead – Roosevelt Park
Featuring Professional Make-Up Artists, Food Trucks, Vendors, Carnival Games, Live Entertainment, costume contests, and much more. With Live Music! from Tragically White, performances from SacCirque, and everyone’s favorite Dance Party with DJ Larry/Flower Vato.

7:30pm-The Dead Walk!
Sacramento’s 16th Annual Zombie Walk – starts/ends at Roosevelt Park

Featuring a Thriller Flash Mob and the West Campus Marching Band. Witness real live zombie attacks, zombie happy hour, and more.

9:00 pm- The Dead Watch!
Outdoor film screening of the 1992 classic “Army of Darkness” – Roosvelt Park

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. This film is rated R, parental discretion is advised.

For more information on the events, organizers, vendors and sponsors visit saczombiewalk.com or their Facebook page.

For more information on “Army of Darkness” visit imdb.com.

And for a little history of zombie walks visit: wikipedia.org.

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Tony Sheppard

Tony Sheppard

Tony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

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