Zombies and Stampeders and Parents (oh my!)

I’ve seen some crazy stuff in person before, but I can’t think of much that could top Calgary’s Zombie Walk 2006. What’s Calgary’s Zombie Walk? The city’s apparently got a following of zombie lovers, and yesterday was their 2nd annual Zombie Walk. The basic idea is that a bunch of people dress up like zombies and then walk like a zombie around downtown Calgary on a set route together for fun.

I’m all for dressing up like a pirate for International Talk Like a Pirate Day; after all, Lucas and I put on Pirate Pub Crawl 2006 last month where we pub crawled dressed as pirates up and down 17th Ave, but dressing up as a zombie isn’t really my thing. Thankfully our friend, Tom, was into the idea so we had good reason to make the trek downtown with Oliver to check it out and take pictures of the event. Nothing prepared us for the spectacle that we encountered once we caught up with the zombies, though. We figured there’d be 15-25 people or so taking part, but the turnout Calgary’s Zombie Walk received was nothing short of at least 800 – 1,000 participants.

We stood on the corner of 4th and 11th as wave after wave of zombies crossed the street, following traffic signals and signs like good zombie citizens in a busy city should. Just when you thought you’d seen the last group of them cross, another wave would be at the stoplight waiting to cross and bring up the rear. The zombies ended up at a park where they congregated to check out each others’ costumes and give each other slaps on the back and high fives for creativity. They caused quite a scene wherever they went, sometimes surrounding stopped vehicles at a light and groaning in attempt to intimidate the driver. It was a riot!

We’ve put up some of the pictures that we took from Zombie Walk in our gallery, under “miscellaneous.” All and all, there were some really unique outfits amongst the gaggle of undead. If you’d like more information on the event, the official website for the Calgary Zombie Walk is here.

In other news, Jeremy invited us to today’s Calgary Stampeders game with his son, Tyler. I was really excited to get the opportunity to attend my first CFL game. It was a little cold and rained a little bit on and off, but nothing could take away from the experience. The game was really good; both teams played pretty hard, but in the end the Stamps beat the BC Lions 32-25. We were even graced with the presence of a streaker in the last quarter- definitely not something you’re lucky enough to see everyday. GO STAMPS GO!

It’s been nearly 5 full months since I’ve seen my parents; I’m really looking forward to their first visit to Calgary next weekend. :) We’ve got tons of stuff planned to make their first trip fun, including a tour of downtown and some interesting restaurant experiences. On Sunday we’ll spend the day in Banff and take a gondola ride, then sightsee around Lake Louise, weather permitting. I hope to see some snow in the mountains! We’ve also got tickets to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Sunday night. I keep telling Oliver that “grandma and grandpa” are coming, and you can tell he knows exactly what I’m talking about. That dog’s way too smart for his own good- he’s even got a special whine just for my parents, and he’s gonna go crazy when he sees them after all this time. I can’t wait for next weekend :)