These are rules for the Portland Zombie Walk. Most of these rules were created before we had permits and this was an officially city recognized event. Some additional rules have been included out of experience and some out of request. The Portland Zombie Walk has been and we would like to believe, always will, be a PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK event. We the nonprofit Mirandom Knechtions and the supporting organizations, people, events, and companies are not liable for any injury or harm that could occur at our event. We are held harmless with your attendance to our annual Portland Zombie Walk.
- There will be NO PARKING in the OMSI overflow lot on Water and Madison. There is parking across the Hawthorne Bridge at the Smart Parks. Or you can park in the OMSI plaza parking lot for $3. Though we would very much prefer it if you would plan your trip at trimet.org
- If you like our event please purchase a “2012 Portland Zombie Walk” bracelet for $5. The money collected from these sales will go towards the fees and materials previously paid for by the non-profit organization Mirandom Knechtions.
- If you wish to hand out flyers you will be asked to do volunteer clean up. In the past passing out flyers has resulted in unnecessary liter and more work for the organization to clean up after. This is no fun for anyone. We will have a booth where you may place a small amount of flyers when you ask us nicely.
- If you choose to volunteer and are loaned out a vest to serve as a marker on the route, understand that you do not have the authority to direct traffic. Your role will be only to remind participants to stay on the sidewalks and obey traffic laws. If a vehicle is waiting to turn and the horde is not stopping your role would be to ask them to stop to let the vehicle through. You will not direct the vehicular traffic you will only direct the horde. *Positions for these roles will be available in the morning check-in at 9:30am on the 27th in the overflow lot. The entrance will be on Water and Main. We have photographers and videographers within our organization. Please allow our photographers with our lanyards that say “MEDIA” on them to get to their desired vantage points. They will be sharing photos with us to share with you after the walk.
- WALK LIKE A ZOMBIE The Zombie Walk is not a speed-walking event. Zombies lurch, crawl, limp, slither, etc. Imagine more of a Romero zombie, not a new-fangled “running” zombies (We love those too). No smoking. Zombies DO NOT smoke. Or talk on cell phones. They may however, take pictures, shamble, and moan. Stay on the sidewalk unless crossing the street. When crossing, it’s OK to “break character” and cross quickly. Think fast “New Dawn of the Dead” zombies versus the slower “Old Dawn of the Dead” zombies when crossing the street. Blocking traffic is a crime and anyone doing so could be arrested.
- No intimidating, scaring, or assaulting anyone, especially OMSI guest who may not know about our event. We doubt there will be many, but it is likely that someone unsuspecting goes to the OMSI and freaks out. Shamble away and tighten up the horde. Continue to stay in character. There will be fire exits from the doors of the OMSI to the street. DO NOT BLOCK THESE PATHWAYS.
- No smoking! More specifically no smoking on OMSI grounds. This means in the overflow lot or on the OMSI plaza. That is a big no go. Haven’t you been watching our Real World posts every other Friday? No? Go inspect our timeline.
- Do not take photos of OMSI children or their families. We cannot expect that everyone going to the OMSI on this given Saturday will know about our event. We can hope they do, but we cannot expect it. Only take photos of obvious Portland Zombie Walk organizations and participants.
- No biting or scratching. Keep your blood, guts, teeth, and nails to yourself and off of the OMSI plaza and other local businesses. Finishing touches may be added to your costume in the overflow lot on Water and Madison.
- No shooting zombies or survivalists with Nerf guns, squirt guns, super soakers, or otherwise. Assault comes with a criminal charge. Props are okay. Real firearms loaded or not are unacceptable to bring to our event.
- If you see anyone breaking a rule, or about to commit a crime like something that will get them arrested, injured, or attempting to damage private or public property, politely remind them of the rules and save them from themselves. A zombie hive knows how to work as a team…it’s that “horde” mentality.
- No REAL eating of participants or spectators brains, limbs or guts. Biting is assault and with it comes criminal charges that could be filed against you. We don’t even have to mention the risk of very real infections or virus.
- No littering, destruction of property, or any other illegal activity. Portland is home to most of those who attend our event please demonstrate the utmost respect to our city. If you wish to flyer at our event you will be added to our volunteer cleanup crew. No one likes picking up after others. This is something we would like to do every year and we don’t want to ruin it. Remember, the media will be watching us as well as the Portland Police Bureau our event has been internationally recognized, let’s continue to show the world what kind of quality horde we are. Put on a gory good show. Please don’t dribble your guts and flesh and brains (fake blood) all over. It cost the square over $1,000 to pressure wash the whole thing. No adding additional blood or guts on the OMSI plaza, adding finishing touches at the overflow lot where we gather at Water and Madison is encouraged.
- No alcohol on the OMSI grounds or on the route. At the end of our route at Guardian Games there will be adult refreshments in the back for those 21+. Please don’t provoke us to ask you to leave our event by bringing booze. That would be a bummer for everyone.
- No drugs. No pot, no pills, no bath salts, got it? Good.
- Do not attempt to scare anyone who is not a willing participant. If anyone is freaking out, turn and shamble in the opposite direction. Avoid confrontations!
For more information, hop over to the Portland Zombie Walk Facebook page.