Des Moines Zombie Walk

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My hometown is Des Moines, an underrated city with cheap rent, cheaper booze and a trippy sculpture garden. I like Des Moines, though it’s a place that’s easy to dismiss.

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On Saturday, hundreds of Iowa residents gathered in Des Moines for the city’s fourth annual Zombie Walk, an event and fundraiser for the Central Iowa Shelter and Services. The walk was preceded by Iowa City’s zombie march that raises money for local Eastern Iowa charities.

These events were founded at the beginning of a so-called “zombie craze”, when obsession with zombies went from subculture to mainstream. But unlike similar horror-genre fads, like the vampire mania of a few years ago, zombie culture has persevered.