Zombies invade downtown Minneapolis for annual pub crawl

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Downtown Minneapolis will be overrun by the undead Saturday night, as the annual Zombie Pub Crawl takes over the Warehouse District for a night of drinking, music, dancing and food.

The Pub Crawl, now in its 11th year, is expected to bring around 30,000 people in gory costumes and makeup to the zombie zone, which for the second year in a row will be in a specific fenced-off area from 3rd Street to 6th Street and from Hennepin Avenue to 2nd Avenue.

People need to buy tickets to enter the zombie zone and must be 21 or older.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and the entertainment begins at 6 p.m. The event lasts until midnight.

You can see a full-size map of the pub crawl zone here.

Dozens of bands and entertainers are scheduled to perform at two outdoor stages and several bars in the area.

The Star Tribune playfully calls the lineup, which features once-popular entertainers like Aaron Carter, Soulja Boy, Mickey Avalon and Sum 41, a "pop star resurrection."

The full lineup is here.

There are 15 bars in the zombie area, and the event also features food trucks and a “brain”-eating contest.

How to get around:

It will be a nightmare, so to speak, to try to travel through the Warehouse District. The City of Minneapolis has a rundown of all the streets that will be closed off due to the pub crawl and due to regular old construction activities. Here's a summary:

  • First Avenue North from Sixth Street North to Third Street North
  • (full closure, no vehicles allowed).
  • First Avenue North from Sixth Street North to Seventh Street North
  • (local access will be maintained).
  • Sixth Street North from Hennepin Avenue to Second Avenue North.
  • Fifth Street North from Hennepin Avenue to Second Avenue North.
  • Fourth Street North from Hennepin Avenue to Second Avenue North.

Also closed is LaSalle Avenue from 8th Street to 12th Street, due to construction.

Metro Transit will still be operating the blue line and green line light rail trains along 5th Street on their normal schedules, according to the city.

Even if you want to walk through the zombie zone, it'll be difficult. All the sidewalks inside the zone will be closed to pedestrians. Only people who have a ticket to the pub crawl will be able to get in.

But anyone who lives or works within the area will be allowed access but they must show the proper identification.

The zombie pub crawl began in 2005 with 150 zombies roaming around Minneapolis, and it's become amazingly popular since then. Last year the pub crawl set a new world record for the largest gathering of zombies in one location at 15,458 people.

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