Thrill the World Brings Zombies to Jacksonville

Thrill the World Brings Zombies to Jacksonville


By: Matthew Martin
By: Matthew Martin

There will come a day when resurrection will reverberate through the streets. A familiar song will ring in the ears of the public. The world will be in unison and the cities as one. But the thrill of the moment won’t cease until the zombies dance.

Coming to Jacksonville on Oct. 27 is Thrill the World. In this annual dance event for all ages, participants from around the world will dress as zombies and perform the dance in Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller” in an attempt to beat the record of most zombies dancing to the song at the same time. In 2009, Thrill the World broke the previous world record for “Largest Simultaneous Thriller Dance” with 22,571 people from 264 different cities and 33 different countries participating.

This year, Thrill the World is seeking as many volunteers as possible to help break the world record. The dance will start promptly at 3 p.m. at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King Street, in Riverside. Those interested in dancing are encouraged to arrive before 3 p.m.

“Everyone is invited to participate in the Zombie Dance,” said Jacksonville Event Manager, Marie Reeder in the press release. “It’s free! People of all ages are invited to learn the six-minute dance online at and practice at rehearsals. You can also get costume and makeup tips on the website.”

Along with breaking a world record, Thrill the World is also raising money to support the Hubbard House during Domestic Violence Awareness month.

“We’ll give a free beverage to each registered zombie and contribute one dollar from every beer sold to Hubbard House,” said Cari Sanchez-Potter, Intuition Ale Works’ general manager.

Thrill the World will be accepting donations for the Hubbard House at the event and rehearsals. People will also have the opportunity to have their faces painted like a zombie by a professional from Woodley Special Effects for a five dollar contribution. Students at Jacksonville University are encouraged to participate.

“The more the merrier,” Brandee Charles, assistant event manager, said. “Even if people don’t want to dance, it’s awesome if they come. It’s fun just to come and see.”

After the dance Intuition Ale Works will have a Halloween zombie party open to all ages. All participants are welcome to stay for music, corn hole, foosball and other activities.

“This is a great way to kick off our Zombie Invasion Halloween Party for that night,” Sanchez-Potter said. “As a family friendly business we are excited to welcome lots of Jacksonville’s kids and grownups dressed as zombies.”

With a total of 12,297 dancers worldwide last year, Thrill the World encourages the Jacksonville community to take part in this event, regardless of dance skill. Anyone interested in participating can visit the Facebook page Thrill the World Jacksonville. Posted on that page will be rehearsal times as well as other information needed for preparation of the zombie invasion.