XBOX 360 is a cool sponsor; they wanted to collaborate with Fremont Outdoor Movies to create an 'out of the box' movie event celebrating legendary movies with an experience that encompasses pop movie culture in a way so people can have the experience of being in their own movie.
Seattle, WA (Vocus) July 10, 2009
The Fremont Outdoor Movies and XBOX 360 did the impossible this past 4th of July weekend in Seattle - smashing the official Guinness World Record for the largest Zombie walk on the planet. The new world record of 4,277 zombies walking the streets of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood shattered the previous record of 894 zombies held by Monroeville, PA.
On Friday, over 5,000 people stood in a line that stretched four city blocks continuously for almost three hours to get the opportunity to help make history in Seattle. The official count resulted in 4,277 zombies. The City of Seattle was triumphant in their goal, smashing the Official Guinness World Record of 894 zombies and the unofficial World Record of 3,370 held by Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008.
The event included zombie-themed spectacles such as the Thriller Dance Tribute that included over 2,000 dancers and a Zombie Fashion Show. Winning the majority of audience votes, the winner of the show was a zombie in the crowd dressed as the late, Billie Mays. As a winner the zombie received a collector's edition Resident Evil XBOX 360 Console. Although organizers are still awaiting the official confirmation from the Guinness World Record office in the UK, to come later this week, they have been working with Guinness officials every step of the way to ensure compliance.
When organizers Jon Hegeman and Ryan Reiter brainstormed the wild idea of shattering the world record, a lot of people were skeptical. "We had heard about the World Record last year unofficially captured in Grand Rapids and really believed that Seattle deserved the opportunity to be the 'Zombie Capital of the World', we are more than just coffee and grunge music, we love our movies too, so a zombie event was a 'no-brainer'."
Reiter says, "XBOX 360 is a cool sponsor; they wanted to collaborate with Fremont Outdoor Movies to create an 'out of the box' movie event celebrating legendary movies with an experience that encompasses pop movie culture in a way so people can have the experience of being in their own movie." What is next for the Fremont Outdoor Movies? Jeff Dowd, the real "Big Lebowski" will be at Lebowski Fest to be honored by the Fremont neighborhood with the ''Keys to the Universe.'' It is only fitting that he receives the ''Keys to the Universe'' as Fremont is widely professed as, ''The Center of the Universe''! Outdoor movies don't get to be more fun than this!
Seattleites can look forward to defending their record of the largest zombie walk next year at the "Red, White, and Dead" Zombie Walk in the works to be held on July 3, 2010.