Zombies will walk the streets of Lexington at Halloween event


Woman dances during Thriller Parade on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Photo Arden Barnes | Saff

Taylor Kettle

Sunday is thriller, thriller night in Lexington.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the city of Lexington will come together to show tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to celebrate Halloween.

The event is a top 10 Halloween destination, named by USA Today.

Shelly Hancock of Lexington Parks and Recreation said the event “has become more exciting in recent years.”

Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the event, along with Mecca Live Studio and WRFL.

Thriller and the Halloween Parade have been going on for 16 years, while the Wicked Wonder Market was added last year. Music entertainment and food vendors will be part of the market for the first time this year.

There are four parts of the event, which starts at 2 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. The Wicked Wonders Art Market at the Fifth Bank Pavilion will last from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the market, many different artists will be selling different types of artwork.

Following the market, the Halloween Variety Show will start at 6:30 p.m. at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. This variety show will have dance performances by two different Michael Jackson dance tribute groups, the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and more.

The Halloween Parade starts at 8 p.m. and will feature floats from many local organizations. Hearts of Fire will participate, with members performing fire tricks as they walk.

Thriller immediately follows the parade and is a reenactment with hundreds of zombies dancing down Main Street to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Hancock said the Parks and Recreation department has been working hard to make this an event that people will want to attend.

If it rains, the event will be postponed to Oct. 30.