So, yesterday was Easter. Now, since I’m not Pagan, I don’t celebrate this holiday. Apparently, Christians do something with this holiday too, although since the day is named after an old Pagan goddess, this doesn’t seem to make much sense.
And since I love me a zombie or two (or several dozen), I couldn’t resist getting all zombied up and joining the festivities of the Philadelphia Zombie Crawl around South Street. Here I am if I were a zombie.
We got our itineraries, grabbed some beers, and eventually groaned and lurched our way through the streets, occasionally finding a window to slap against menacingly which startled a few and amused most. No brain-eating commenced (as far as I know), but much beer was drank.
So, as the night progressed, we met up with lots of friendly zombies and had a great time. I remember, while in the bathroom recycling my beer, overhearing a conversation just outside the door. Two guys were having a conversation that went something like this:
Guy#1: “I wish I weren’t Christian, because then I could have been here all day getting drunk instead of going to church.”
Guy#2: “I’m not Christan, but I didn’t think about that. Yeah, and if we had been here all day by now we would be like zombies!”
Guy#1: “I just wish they didn’t do it on Easter Sunday, you know?”
Now, in listening to this I could not help but think that this guy missed the point. It’s done on Easter because, in some ways, the Jesus resurrection story, especially with the dead rising from their graves as part of the story, might be the world’s first zombie story. That’s why the image used to advertise the event looked like this:
Granted, the story about Jesus’ resurrection is not exactly like a zombie story, but there are similarities. And for those of us that hold little to no reverence for the story of Jesus, this is just a fun day to act like zombies for a while and hang out with Jesus while having some beers. After all, if Jesus ever did exist, he probably would have liked such an event, I’d bet.
In any case, we had a great time. I will look forward to the Zombie Crawl next year. So, I want to thank everyone who showed up yesterday and made it a great time. Here is a picture of some of the people we crawled with, as we waited for our greasy and delicious food.