Zombies Out In Full Force In Iowa City

By Chris Earl, Reporter/Anchor

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Zombies came out in full force in Iowa City Saturday, but they had plenty of life.

They weren't in search of blood or to terrorize neighborhoods. These zombies are described as "pro-human" zombies, raising funds for local charities in the Iowa City area.

"Even if they can't contribute a donation of a non perishable good or donate for a shirt or sticker, just them being here to help raise awareness for the charities is kind of exciting," said Zombie Consultant and Organizer Shawn Beatty.

The march also raised funds for the Red Cross directly aimed at flood relief in Iowa by selling T-shirts, stickers and asking for donations.

The zombies started their trek in Happy Hollow Park and made their way to Deadwood Tavern in downtown Iowa City. Before stopping at the Deadwood, people in the Ped Mall also got to watch them lumber through.

The idea for the march started five years ago when Beatty, also known as the Zombie King, saw a zombie march in Madison, Wis.

"I was mad that I missed it, so I decided to make my own," said Beatty.

Chris Shelby, a former Cedar Rapids resident who now lives in Phoenix, was one of the zombie marchers during the first year. He went as the zombie form of Michael Jackson from the song "Thriller."

"I thought, I've got that red jacket from back in the day and I said why don't I put it on, get on the gear , the penny loafers and done," said Shelby.

The reaction was bigger than Shelby expected.

"You'll not believe how many autographs I signed the first time I did this," said Shelby.

The weather may have made things more difficult for the zombies, but it didn't ruin the party.

" I'm really glad to be back. Rain or shine this thing is going to go down. It's gonna be awesome and I'm glad we're putting on another successful year of the Zombie March," said Shelby.
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