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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:24 pm | Updated: 7:03 am, Tue Oct 30, 2012.

Zombie Walk on Saturday night, but he said his son was too nervous to come with him.

So Marquardt went by himself, complete with white make-up and fake blood all over his face. He walked down School Street scaring the daylights out of passers-by with “blood” squiring down his face.

“Now I’m going to spit blood at everyone else,” said Marquardt, a Lodi resident participating in the Zombie Walk for the first time.

The third annual walk began with the traditional playing of the Michael Jackson classic, “Thriller,” which was loud and filled with enough bass to feel it throughout your body.

After the walk on School Street, Sacramento Street and Lodi Avenue, zombies of all ages walked throughout Downtown Lodi and eventually made it to The Vintage, where a burlesque talent contest was held.

Lodi resident Jeanette Warneke shrieked on the sidewalk at anyone within earshot. She described the evening as “delicious.” When asked what was delicious, Warneke replied, “The attention.”

Here were some of the zombie costumes:

  • A man in all black talking on his cellphone. Perhaps he was a modern zombie.
  • A clown with acne, a red nose and blood.
  • A woman dressed in black as a wicked witch.
  • A waitress who looked like a character from “American Graffiti.”
  • An imitation Gene Simmons from the rock band Kiss.
  • A soldier in an Army helmet.
  • A man in a San Francisco Giants road gray uniform, sporting a Brian Wilson-style beard.

After the walk, some of the Downtown bars were busy with Giants fans who watched the end of Game 3 of the World Series. Fans at Ollie’s Pub — some dressed in Giants’ garb and some as zombies — cheered wildly as the Giants’ Sergio Romo struck out the Detroit Tigers’ Omar Infante to end the game.

“I thought it was really good,” Zombie Walk organizer Tom Presler said. “When they’re in costume, they don’t worry about being socially judged.”

Presler proved his point when two attractive women in zombie garb walked by.

“The gorier they look, the more beautiful they are,” Presler said as both women smiled.

Bruce Walker, dressed as a clown, drove from Stockton to check out the festivities.

“The zombie thing is the most amazing thing I’ve seen,” he said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Simon Birch posted at 7:36 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 139 Staff

    Great photos. Thanks for the link.

  • Kelly Gretsinger posted at 12:24 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    GRETSINGER Posts: 1

    More photos can be found here...

  • Rhonda Love posted at 12:19 pm on Mon, Oct 29, 2012.

    rlove Posts: 2

    The Zombie Walk was well attended, however, I miss the MC, the huge Thriller Dance, and the "organized" chaos of last year. The walk itself was better having had a "leader" to guide the zombies through downtown. I hope we see this event continue to grow and improve.



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