LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2012) — Mayor Jim Gray today invited night creatures, things that go bump in the night and Zombies downtown Sunday for the Thriller Parade and Halloween Extravaganza.
“We’re expecting 15,000-20,000 people downtown … living and undead,” Gray said.
Four different Michaels will lead 1,000 volunteers in re-enactments of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. The re-enactments will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Theatre, Trust Lounge, Downtown Arts Center and at the corner with Main and Martin Luther King Boulevard. The dancers will proceed down Main Street to Mill Street, performing the routine numerous times along the way.
“We have four great Michaels, including Albert Ignacio, and wonderful volunteers have spent the last five weeks learning the choreography at Mecca Dance Studio,” Gray said. This is the 11th anniversary of Lexington’s annual live performance.
This year, for the first time, there will be extended pre-show activities, including several for children, beginning at 6 p.m. on the Centrepointe block. Activities include acts by the Pickled Brothers Circus and the Cabinet of Curiosities, a kids-only “Thriller,” a magic show by mad scientist Dr. Fiske, a variety show from 7-8 p.m. and the March Madness Marching Band.
Main Street will be closed at 7:45 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. a sea of Zombies will take over downtown Lexington and proceed down Main Street. They will be followed by a brief parade.
An after party will take place in the Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park, with a live performance by Ford Theatre Reunion. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29.
“As Michael Jackson wrote, ‘night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade’ and it all happens on Sunday. Come on, downtown,” Gray said.