Friday, February 23, 2018
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Zombiefest will go on without walk in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — The undead parade slated for Saturday is, well, dead.

Organizers of Pasco's first Zombiefest have pulled the plug on the zombie walk portion of the event after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office raised safety concerns about having so many people walking near traffic, event founder Chris Coffey said.

Judging by advance ticket sales and hits on the event website, organizers are expecting hundreds of ghoulishly dressed guests, and it was too late to seek a permit to temporarily close the streets from the Oasis Coffee Spot to the Cinema 6 Movie Theater.

"I knew zombies were gaining in popularity," Coffey said Wednesday. "I didn't realize we were going to be handling so many people."

But the rest of Zombiefest remains a go: People can come to the coffee shop at 9213 Little Road starting at 2 p.m. Saturday for "zombification" (makeup artists and supplies available) and live music.

The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the movie theater, 9510 U.S. 19, featuring a brain-eating contest, the Thriller dance, zombie tag and zombie movie screenings.

For information, visit zombiefest.net.

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