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Residents who happened to be taking a stroll on 30th Avenue on Saturday, November 19 witnessed a “thriller” of a sight – 350 zombies marching along the street.
The plagued parade was the first annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk, organized by zombiescantlove.com, Zombies Worldwide and Astoria Music & Arts.
Before the march, participants received a free zombie makeover from experienced makeup artists.
The walk, which began at 2:30 p.m., concluded at the Shillelagh Tavern for a post-parade party, where the music, unlike the marchers, was live.
“The walk was a huge success,” said Chante Tenoso, owner of zombiescantlove.com and one of the organizers of the parade. “We had everything from Star Trek zombies to little girl zombies to grandmothers. Zombies were pretending to eat hotdog vendors and people at bus stops. I also threw myself on the ground as a victim. One zombie went into 7-Eleven to buy a slurpee. All of the feedback I have gotten so far shows people can’t wait until the next one. It seemed like Astoria greeted the zombie walk with open arms and smiles. Hopefully that’s not how people react if real zombies show up.”