Sunday 6th October – Brisbane Zombie Walk 2013
I got up around midday, and almost immediately had to rush to the city to get to the Zombie Walk by three o’clock. It was a very hot day, and there wasn’t a lot of shade. The Zombie Walk itself was a big disappointment—gone is the “cool” factor, the whole “zombies are invading” thing has been replaced with a corporate event feel, where a road is shut down by police, plenty of official organisers are everywhere making sure people walk in straight lines, handing out water so the undead don’t die of thirst, and basically ruining everything. It was a boring walk by thousands of people, most of which had made a cursory effort to appear like a zombie, but very few of which seemed to have put in a huge amount of effort, and it was quite short and nowhere near the city—the “zombies” walked from the RNA showgrounds for about a kilometre up Gregory Terrace, then turned around and walked back again, all the time lead by three hearses. It was the most organised, and most boring, zombie walk yet—and if that’s how it has to be, I don’t think it’s worth having anymore.
After the zombie walk Bronwen and I went to the city where we bought frozen drinks to save ourselves from inevitable death from sun, then drove to South Bank to see what all the tents were—as it turns out, it was a music festival called “Listen Out”, which cost $135 so I didn’t go in. Instead, we bought far cheaper, though (only marginally) less musical, kebabs and ate them on the grass overlooking the peeing pool. After food, we met Alexandra and went to Chocolateria San Churro for sweet yummies, and then to The Forest for savoury yummies.