4,233 zombies roam the streets of Fremont

4,233 zombies roam the streets of Fremont
They came from their graves - or, at least, their condos.

They wore bridal gowns and business suits - and covered them in blood.

They came in search of brains and brought their own, made from Jello molds, corn syrup, or goo.

It was all part of Seattle's attempt to take back a world record from the British: having the most zombies in one place at one time.

"People understand why zombies are so popular - so much so that they'll come out and celebrate," said Mark Rosenwald of Bainbridge Island, who was dressed like a "road kill zombie."

Zombies converged from all corners of the world and limped toward what's often called "the center of the universe," dressing in costume and dancing the "Thriller" on a sunny afternoon in Fremont.

"Everybody has an inner zombie, and it's kind of a fun way to express themselves," said organizer Ryan Reiter. "It's kind of like being in your own zombie movie."

There was at least one storm trooper zombie (who explained that he'd had an accident with a Jedi) and an eight-foot-tall zombie who appeared to tow his own head on a nearby chain.

"I am running around like a chicken with his head cut off," admitted Don Carver of Shoreline, who said it took months to make his costume.

The hordes of haunters then took to the streets in a "Dawn of the Dead"-like scene, trying to break the world record currently held by British zombies.

"You need to act like (you're dead)," organizer Eric Pope instructed zombie walkers. "You need to have that glazed look in your eyes. And you're hungry - hungry for brains."

Zombies were also encouraged to interact with living humans along the way - all in the name of fun, although signs posted on windows and light poles instructed zombies: "No blood on local businesses. Violators will be dismembered."

Organizers explained that the event - dubbed "Red, White, and Dead" - fell on the eve of Independence Day, because they felt it patriotic to fight for the world record currently held by the Brits. It was once held by Seattle.

"Did you see the brain hanging from the American flag? I think that says it all right there," said Rocky Champagne, who dressed as a zombie businessman from the '60s. His right "eye" dangled from dark-rimmed prescription glasses.

Organizers said Sunday that 4,233 "registered zombies" came in search of brains and blood, well above the current record of 4,026. The number - and the world record - should be verified after the Fourth of July holiday.