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May 25, 2020








Freas Photography | 2015 Zombie Bike Ride in Key West FL.

Nashua Zombie Bike Ride

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.
Where: Begins and ends at the old District Courthouse, 25 Walnut St., Nashua (Ride travels through Nashua Heritage Rail Trail from Walnut to Main Street, then down Main, Temple, East Pearl and Spring streets)
Cost: $10 admission per person; $40 per team of five; free for kids ages 12 and under ($5 to $10 fee for being made up as a zombie by Fright Kingdom)
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Ride of the Undead
Zombie Bike Ride invades Nashua

By Matt Ingersoll

 Drawing inspiration from the nationally recognized event held every year in Key West, Florida, the first annual Nashua Zombie Bike Ride will roll through downtown, adding its own New Hampshire flavor.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, you can grab your bicycle and head over to the parking lot of the Old District Courthouse on Walnut Street in Nashua to get made up like a zombie, courtesy of Fright Kingdom, for a $5 to $10 fee. A $10 admission ticket per zombie — or $40 for a team of five zombies — will get you a commemorative bracelet to participate in the bike ride, which will be set up as a leisurely parade across town.
“I had actually been down in Key West and didn’t even know [the Zombie Bike Ride] was happening down there until I saw it,” said Tracy Hatch, president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event. “But once I found out, I went to a local CVS and got Halloween masks and toilet paper to dress up.”
Hatch said the Oct. 15 date was chosen specifically to coincide with Nashua’s 12th annual ArtWalk, also happening this weekend, along with the city’s first Food Truck Festival, both of which will be incorporated into the zombie event. 
Several fun features are planned at the “staging area” in the courthouse’s parking lot before the ride kicks off. 
Riders are welcome to come already dressed up as zombies, Hatch said, and even those who don’t have bicycles are welcome to join in on the fun as parade marchers. There will be three or four categories for the Best Zombie Costume Contest. 
The ride will kick off at about 4 p.m. with Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess leading the way as the “Chief Zombie,” along with members of Fright Kingdom with a Cadillac hearse.
The nearly 2-mile route will head up Walnut Street and through the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail before passing City Hall, where Hatch said there will be a photo opportunity. The ride will then traverse down parts of Main, Temple, East Pearl and Spring streets. It will stop again at the parking lot at 30 Temple St.
“Then we’ll have members from Positive Street Art [in Nashua] come who are going to teach the zombies how to do the ‘Thriller’ dance, as well as a brief 5- to 10-minute performance by the Actorsingers,” Hatch said. “We’ll have a flash mob ‘Thriller’ dance of cyclists and zombies.”
That stopping point is also where the first annual Nashua Food Truck Festival, a sister event of the Chamber, will be taking place. (The first 25 zombies to check in at the staging area will receive a bracelet admitting them to the Food Truck Festival.) Dozens of local food and drink vendors will be showcasing their offerings at the festival, and there will be a DJ and live art demonstrations. 
“People can either choose to stay and partake in the Food Truck Festival or head back to the courthouse to step off their bikes,” Hatch said.
Hatch said the whole ride is expected to take about an hour, with festivities winding down between 5 and 5:30 p.m. All of the sections of road during the ride will be closed off to traffic.
Registration is available on Facebook but will also be available on the day of at the staging area.
“It’s all about having fun,” Hatch said, “and we’re hoping it adds to the other downtown festivities for the weekend.”

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