- Posted October 23, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Zombies of Facebook and Norfolk Invaded Tonight
- rachel8, CNN iReport producer
Survive Norfolk and escape the thousand or so Zombies chasing you, and you may win a prize. At one point, it was feared that the 1500 cutoff may be far surpassed with a rumored 7000 interested entrants via this Facebook rush.
As the clock struck midnight, the blocked off section of the Ghent area of Norfolk where people turned out in droves for a giant game of tag, began to clear. Police and Public Safety were seen everywhere earlier in the day, in cars, on foot, on bicycles in anticipation of the unanticipated bedlam a simple Facebook post created this week. Megaphones blasted out cautions such as ways to avoid injuries, stay off residents' private property, don't get drunk, and above all - have fun.
PETA (the animal rights activist group) who's headquartered here, sent out a few of their best to remind us with signs held high, "Flesh is for Zombies Go Vegan." And one participant even donned cow tights for the occasion.
Whitney Metzger had the idea to get a few of her closest Facebook friends together for a game of Tag- And- You -Become- A- Zombie, and was overwhelmed when over 1700 people responded to the post.
City officials and law enforcement held their breath as thousands overtook the city, running through the streets, and as of midnight, no injuries or calamities were reported to have altered the sheer joy of the participants and observers.
The ODU campus is nearby, so many of it's students took advantage of the close proximity to let off some steam. A group is seen in a photo above, offering assistance to an unsuspecting resident who happened to wander into it all. Along with others wishing to escape the Zombies, they're studying the maps of the course, distributed to plot their escape from the Zombies unleashed.
Businesses outside the perimeter got involved, and banners throughout the city could be seen offering well wishes to Zombies and welcoming them for their after event libations. Cybercriter, a state of the art Internet Lounge located at The ODU Village behind the TED, formed a team of employees and customers and strategized how to overthrow the stampeding Zombies
The four check points offerred prizes to those who made it without having been tagged and themselves turned into a Zombie. And the the Zombies who collected the most arm bands from those they tagged.
This area of Virginia is said to be haunted by the many shipwrecked seaman, infamous pirates, and others who've crossed it's shores through the centuries. And several suspicious images appear in the photos above which could be attributed to a variety of things, including lighting, climate, and the sheer bedlam of the night. Or not. You be the judge.
Check out previous cnn ireports for more information on this Pre-Halloween celebration, "Survive Norfolk" which will be the talk of Hampton Roads for years to come.