Approximately 300 people gather in London on a rainy October day dressed as zombies. The trail takes participants from Marble Arch, through to Cavendish Square, Soho and finishing at Leicester Square. The event is in aid of Shelter from the Storm, a London based homeless charity that provides emergency night shelter and services for homeless people in London.
Now in its 10th year, World Zombie Day is an international event that gives people the excuse to join the living dead for a good cause. ‘Biting back at poverty’, if you will.
The shuffling mass of rotting flesh inevitably turned some heads. Commuters rising from the underground may well have assumed the zombie apocalypse had descended in the time it had taken them to get from Marylebone to Mayfair. There was even one courageous heckler who yelled, “this is isn’t child friendly”, as she pulled her eight year old son away. A large grin spread across his face, so he didn’t seem to mind.
It is large scale events like World Zombie Day that can provide a platform for charities that operate on a long term basis. Despite the rain of Saturday’s event, nothing could dampen these ghostly spirits; government cuts continue to push more people towards the poverty line but charities like these are creating a grave new world.