All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) is a holiday in Brazil, and it used to be a time to visit the graves of deceased relatives, to attend mass if you were a devout Catholic, or just lay back and relax if you were an average Brazilian.
That was before São Paulo held Brazil’s first Zombie Walk on Nov. 2, 2006. Now, crowds wearing tattered clothing and gruesome makeup lurch through the streets of several cities across the country on All Souls’ Day. But Zombie Walk SP has a unique charm to it, since its route was thoughtfully conceived as a tribute to sites that are central to the city’s identity.
The event’s website invites you to “rediscover São Paulo,” and the roughly half-hour long route winds its way downtown through iconic squares, viaducts, and stone-lined pedestrian plazas, past landmarks such as City Hall, the Banespão and Martinelli buildings, and the historic “Post Office Palace.”
But this is still a Zombie Walk, so of course creepy fun abounds. Although some of the marchers go out of the way to be gruesome or pay homage to The Walking Dead, not everyone sticks with the official theme: there are all sorts of ghouls, comic book characters, and random film and pop culture icons here.
Photos by Beatriz Fernandes Fotografia