The 14th Annual Durham Zombie Lurch takes place Friday, October 23rd, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s free to participate and is a rain or shine event. Durham Zombie Lurch is a DIY event and not associated with any organization or affiliated with any cause.
The meeting point is the center of Brightleaf Square. Meet up in the pedestrian mall area at 5:30 p.m.
Typically there’s a costume contest, and we’ll update this post as we know more of what’s happening in 2020.
You must lurch at detached arms’ length! And wear a mask!
IMPORTANT: Lurchers by city ordinance must remain off-street on sidewalks, intersection crosswalks, or medians and cross with the lights or with right of way at all times. They should not engage or distract drivers, cyclists or pedestrians, nor engage in behavior that could put others at risk of harm along or on the route. Lurchers should not tamper with city or private property or touch/harass etc. other general participants or bystanders (and If you are having fun with friends/folks known to you, do so in a safe manner).
Be sure you’re fit enough to lurch. It’s an easy walking pace, but route is one half to one mile, and there’s some uphill terrain. Wear garb that still allows safe movement and clear vision, and preferably has some lighter colored, reflective or light up element for night sighting.
If you are responsible for anyone other than yourself (elder, disabled, child, or pet, etc.) Be sure you know that the conditions of the route will accommodate them and you can ensure their safe participation throughout. You are responsible for your own and your dependents’ participation, so avoid lurching under the influence.
Be aware that the ‘scary’ nature of the event and some participant’s attire or activities may be too intense for some individuals, particularly the very young. There is no advisory rating for this activity, so use of good judgement for who can handle the lurch is probably best. Those whose health, age, pregnancy status, etc. may not take surprising or frightening content should determine if participation is appropriate.
In conclusion: Have fun, be creative, but lurch with common sense and at your own risk!
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