Rising Out of the Thicket Zombie March scheduled Nov. 17 in Longview

Contact: Terry Barrett 
903-237-2729 or email
October 25, 2012

Rising Out of the Thicket Zombie March

(Longview, TX)  Partners in Prevention and the Coalition for Drug-Free Youth will sponsor Rising out of the Thicket Zombie Walk to benefit the coalition.  The undead outbreak will occur on November 17, 2012, at Teague Park, 415 American Legion Blvd.  Prizes will be given for the best male, female, child, and pet zombie immediately following the walk.  A supernatural family comedy movie classic will be shown at the amphitheater in the park.  The walk is family-friendly, so participants of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. Participants are encouraged to bring shrouds (blankets) and join the fun for a chilling evening.  Refreshments will be available. 

According to Terry Barrett, Program and Outreach Coordinator, "Zombie events are actually very popular right now across the country, and we thought this would be an interesting way to bring attention to the efforts of the Coalition for Drug Free Youth. We are saying it is alright to dress up like a zombie just for fun, but don't become a zombie by abusing drugs."

During the walk, all participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies, communicating only in a zombie-like manner, such as grunting, groaning and moaning.  Many Texas cities, such as Corpus Christi, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio have held annual uprisings as charitable events.    The Rising out of the Thicket event proceeds will benefit the Coalition for Drug-Free Youth to assist in their initiative to prevent underage drinking and drug use.   

On-site registration will begin at 4 p.m. and the walk will starting at 5 p.m.  Participants may pre-register at LongviewTexas.gov or at the Partners in Prevention Office, 140 E. Tyler St., #400, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  On-site entry fee will be $7 for all zombies ages 10 and older, and $2 for ages 9 and younger. Participants that pre-register will pay $5 for ages 10 and older and $2 for ages 9 and younger.

For more information, please contact Terry Barrett with Partners in Prevention at 903-237-1019 or visit PIP.LongviewTexas.gov


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