Fremont put an urgent call out for Zombies to gather for the annual “Red, White and Dead” parade. Fremont gathered 3,894 last year but lost the Guinness world record to England by a wee 132 undead brain eating participants.
I get uncomfortable when Naomi picks up a stick and calls it a shooter. Or when, as she does often, she says, “Simone, you be the fairy and I’ll be the bad guy.” I do realize she is playing a bad guy for the fun of exploring that character but I am a bit uncomfortable seeing her even pretending to be violent. When we came upon this “shoot them up” scene (above) I was tentative and didn’t know how to interact. The girls had no problem. They embraced the zany street theatre and pretend fights. The young “masters of improvisation” took over this Emergency Vehicle for a while. They loved being ghouls for the afternoon.
“Brains, brains, ugh, I need brains!” begged McKinley ”Ummm delicious green brains.” Added Kaya “I don’t know. I’d go first, but those brains look downright runny.” said Simone.
“The sum was far greater than its parts.” said Russ. Quite true. It was the scene that came together when thousands of undead take over the streets that made this so much fun.
Zombies of all ages and…
McKinley and Russ stayed in character much of the time…even as we headed home. Simone had the best view from her perch on David’s shoulders. Naomi sat on Kaya’s lap on the stroller. The whole parade was a bit much for her and her lower lip trembled at her first sighting of fake blood but she wanted to hang in there and told us later “Wasn’t being bad, fun!”