Once a year, on the last Friday of May, the undead rise and walk the streets of downtown, ready to feast on the brains of the unsuspecting as part of the annual Memphis Zombie Massacre.
Assignment #143 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to put on some make up (or a duct tape X) and join the menacing horde.
The sixth annual Zombie Massacre is happening on Friday, May 25th in the South Main Arts District.
Here's how it works: everyone will meet up at the grassy knoll behind the train station at G.E. Patterson and Front (where the farmer's market is). If you get there early (around 3:30), there will be event organizers on hand to help do your make-up. Note that the make up lines get long, so it's best to come already zombified.
For those of you doing your make up at home, here are a few helpful make-up tips from event organizer D.P. Craig on how to look your zombie best:
The walk will start at the corner of S. Main and G.E. Patterson at 6:30 p.m. and move north on South Main, then east on Beale, ending at Beale and Fourth.
If you'd like to participate, but don't want to get made up, you can always get eaten. Just make a big duct tape X on your shoulder, wear clothes you don't care about and stand along the walk's route. Be patient, and I promise someone will come turn you into a zombie.
As always, it's free to participate in the Zombie Massacre, but the organizers will be accepting donations for the Mid-South Food Bank at the staging area.
May 25, 2012
Corner of S. Main St. and G.E. Patterson