For years now, Long Beach has been the epicenter of a bitter controversy: Should zombies be given the same rights as humans? Zombies have been beaten, denied service in restaurants and viewed as vermin worse than rats. Zombie activists cite the tension as a result of unfair biases and stereotypes in movies like Zombieland and Night of the Living Dead. These intellectual zombies state that their hunger for brains has been grossly overexaggerated. And on Saturday in Long Beach, thousands of zombies will be gathering in epic proportions to try to raise awareness for the zombie cause and throw a kick-ass block party. Well, sort of. Gates open at Broadway and Pine Avenue at 2 p.m. for Zombie Walk, a five-street-long block party filled with music, art and makeup artists who will transform you into a zombie. Then the zombies will walk throughout the city. And here's the best part: The LBC is trying to break the record for most zombies in one place. Seriously. At 7 p.m. is another record-breaking attempt, for the most people dancing to “Thriller” in one place. Seriously, if you're looking for something different to do this Halloween, then zombie Michael Jackson block parties takes the cake. Long Beach Promenade, corner of Third and Ocean, Long Beach; Sat., Oct. 29, 2 p.m.; free; zombie​walk​

Sat., Oct. 29, 2 p.m., 2011

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