St. Paul grants noise variance to zombie fest

How loud can the walking dead get? At least a few neighbors of Midway Stadium in St. Paul fear revelers at the planned Zombie Pub Crawl VIII on Oct. 13 could get pretty noisy. Organizers are even hoping that it could qualify for a world record gathering of zombies. But the city has granted a noise variance for the 2-to-midnight event, the Pioneer Press reports.
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At least a few neighbors of Midway Stadium in St. Paul are fearful of a zombie festival there on Oct. 13. They're scared not of an apocalyptic takeover or the brain eating. They are worried about the noise, and they asked the city to reject a noise variance for the event.

But the city said the walking dead could scream and howl all they like for the 2 p.m. to midnight p.m. event, the Pioneer Press reports. Bands will play until 10 p.m. and fireworks are planned, the newspaper reports.

It's part of the Zombie Pub Crawl VIII, in which several thousand caked with faked blood and garbed costumes fresh from the grave, plod their way to the West Bank of Minneapolis as well as Midway Stadium to party. This year, the Midway Stadium venue is open to people of all ages and is being dubbed "Zombie Island."

The event began in 2005 and spawed imitators in other cities, but the Twin Cities version claims to be the original, according to the website. There's also info and photos at the event's Facebook page.

Here's a glimpse at the 2010 zombie pub crawl:

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