LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Be on guard for a Louisville Zombie Attack. The annual walk in the Highlands will get underway on August 29 at 8:29 p.m. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, it's one of Louisville's unique traditions, starting with two friends who had the same birthday throwing a party.
You may not have known it, but if you've ever seen the undead on their march down Bardstown Road, then you've been a part of John King and Lyndi Lou's birthday bash. In 2005, the two decided to celebrate with a theme and settled on zombies. "I thought we should get our friends to run down Bardstown Road before the party, and it was so much fun, we kept doing it and now it's ten years later," King said.
At 30,000 people, King's Zombie Attack claims to be the world's largest annual zombie walk.
It's great for some of the businesses involved.
"It really comes at a great time for us too because we've been slow all summer so it is a real nice influx of business at a time when we really need it," said Tracy Caufield, owner of Caufield's Novelty.
She says about five years ago, they actually started stocking up for all the living dead wannabes. This year, they did makeup classes three weeks out for lessons in a zombie transformation.
"People come in literally with infants saying, 'What can I put on my baby?'" Caufield said.
As the party has grown, the birthdays have faded into the background but John is taking it all in stride.
"Even my friends will say, 'Good luck at Zombie Attack,' not, 'Happy birthday,'" he said. "At this point it's a monster all of its own."
Because it's become so huge, John and his friend have had to take on extra responsibility: waste management, traffic control, police and private security are all a part of the zombie attack. It's still a free event, although zombie leaders would be happy to accept donations to help with the costs. Click here to find out more.
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