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Downtown march of carnage

The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association is still accepting photos of zombies for its Zombie of the Year contest. - Phil Melnychuk/The News
The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association is still accepting photos of zombies for its Zombie of the Year contest.
— image credit: Phil Melnychuk/The News

They lurched and stumbled throughout downtown Friday afternoon in such numbers that organizers of Maple Ridge’s first Zombie Walk didn’t get a chance to choose whose getup and makeup was the freakiest.

So the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association is still accepting photos of zombies for its Zombie of the Year contest.

Once all the entries are in, organizers will award six prizes of $25 gift certificates from downtown businesses.

The Zombie Walk began at Valley Fair Mall and wound its way through Haney Place Mall to 224th Street, then back along Lougheed Highway to the Dairy Queen, where the creatures received some treats.

The event drew a good mix of kids and adults, numbering about 350 in all, more than expected for the pre-Halloween event.

Registration was free with a donation to the Friends in Need Food Bank.

Ineke Boekhorst with the BIA, said people from Coquitlam and Mission even showed up, bringing people into the town centre.

“It was very well received. We’re happy with the turnout.”

Submitted photos will be on the BIA website so participants can check out other freaks.

• Upload a photo a https://dmrbia.wufoo.com/forms/zombie-of-the-year/.

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