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Your Time Photo Gallery: Zombie Pub Crawl, Northampton

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Justin Bresnahan, left, and Brittany Masse.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Tony Andruss.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>In search of brains.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Outside Roberto's.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Outside Ye Ol' Watering Hole.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Kyla DiPietro, left, and Michael LaFortune.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Tools of the trade.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>(L to R) Kate Flanagan, Matthew Hyatt, Felipe Leandro, Shawn Connor.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>At the World War II Club.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>(L to R) Nikki Pirog, Mia Cabana, Justin Cohen, Cora Gaulin, Oliver Snure, Joe Luchansky, Rob Driscoll
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Lining up at the bar at the World War II Club.

When Jessie Nute heard about the Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl from friends living in Minnesota, she thought it sounded fun — and she thought, “Why not here?”

So in October 2006, Nute celebrated her birthday by dressing up as a zombie with her friends and shuffling from bar to bar in downtown Northampton. What she didn’t realize then was that the event would become a local tradition, growing more popular each year until the flocks of undead were so large that Noho bars could barely contain them.

“As of right now, there are 2,500 likes on the Facebook page,” Nute said. She estimated that as many as 1,500 people came out on Oct. 19 for this year’s crawl.

Every kind of zombie was in attendance, from zombie doctors and nurses to zombie soldiers to an assortment of zombie TV personalities. Long lines formed in front of the bars on the crawl schedule, including The Elevens, Hugo’s, and Diva’s nightclub, and crowds spilled out onto the street. Some crawlers lucky enough to have friends with expertise in applying special-effects makeup sported professional-grade artificial sores and injuries, but even most of those who did their makeup themselves were impressively gruesome. To see so many zombies on the streets at once was slightly unnerving, as though Northampton was playing host to a real-life episode of “The Walking Dead” — but fortunately, these zombies were just looking for booze.

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