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(Harmless) zombie mob set to visit Bdwk. Saturday

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

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Organized by Sarah Pallia, in white shirt center, and John Insley, the second annual Ocean City Zombie Crawl will take place Saturday, with stops at several Boardwalk hot spots.<br />
PHOTO COURTESY OCEAN CITY ZOMBIE CRAWL Organized by Sarah Pallia, in white shirt center, and John Insley, the second annual Ocean City Zombie Crawl will take place Saturday, with stops at several Boardwalk hot spots.PHOTO COURTESY OCEAN CITY ZOMBIE CRAWL(Sept. 28, 2012) It’s finally happening. Zombies are taking over the world — well, at least the Ocean City Boardwalk — on Saturday.

Those 21 and older are invited to dress as the living dead and participate in a Zombie Crawl that will benefit the Maryland

Food Bank and Veterans of America. “Zombies” are asked to take canned good and non-perishable items.

The bar crawl will begin at 8 p.m. at Pepper’s Tavern, on the Boardwalk at 15th Street. Other participating Boardwalk establishments are Brass Balls Saloon, between 11th and 12th streets; Hammerheads, 10th Street; Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, Fourth Street; Mug and Mallet, Second

Street; Guido’s Burritos, First Street; and The Pour House on Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue. Drink specials will be offered to those in costumes.

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John Insley John InsleyThis is the second year the walk will take place in Ocean City. Organizer Sarah Pallia said the inaugural event was held last July in honor of her friend, John Insley’s 30th birthday.

“He thought it would be fun to dress up like zombies,” she said. Insley is organizing the 2012 event with Pallia.

Approximately 80 people participated last year, when the bar crawl took place at several locations around town. Pallia said she expects about 130 zombies this year.

“We want to get as many people we can dressed up like zombies walking down the Boardwalk,” she said.

The event was moved from July to September in 2012 because the resort is not as busy this time of year and more people, especially locals, will be able to participate. It is also taking place on the Boardwalk so no one drives. Organizers urge participants to drink responsibly.

Bus schedules and taxi information will be available at each crawl stop.

For those who miss the group at the starting venue, Pepper’s Tavern, a time schedule and map will be available at each participating business so zombies can catch up with the undead crew.

“We expect it to be a good time. Who doesn’t like to get dressed up whenever they have a chance to?” Pallia said. “Everyone had such a blast last year.”

For more information about the event, visit www.ocmdzombiecrawl.weebly.com or search “Ocean City Md Zombie Crawl” on Facebook. Make-up tips and clothing suggestions are provided on the Web site.

Pallia said some extra costumes and make-up will be available during the walk for those who want to join the event and don’t have an outfit.


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