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  • Parade Day

    Participants must complete a 2015 Participation Waiver (coming soon)  prior to dancing in the parade. Waivers forms will be published soon by the parade officials, and available on this website.

     

    DOWNLOAD THE PARADE DAY INFO SHEET

     

    Saturday, October 31, 2015

    TIME                  ACTIVITY                                                         LOCATION
    11:00a               Halsted Street Closed to vehicular traffic Belmont to Addison
    12:00p               Parade and Costume Contest Registration Opens Belmont and Halsted
    12:00-3:00p        Family Festivities in Space Park 815 W. Roscoe
    1:30-2:30p         Family and Pet Parade Roscoe and Halsted
    3:00-3:30p          Ruby Red Relay Aldine to Cornelia
    4:00-5:30p          Halloween Parade Belmont to Addison
    6:00-7:00p          Costume Contest Winner’s Announcements Roscoe and Halsted
    8:00p                 Halsted Street reopens to vehicular traffic Belmont to Addison

    Type:

    Location:

    Area:

    Meet Time:

    Parade Start:

    Parade Ends:

    Parade Day- Final Dance

    CTA Bus Turnaround(Belmont & Halsted)

    Lakeview

    3:00 PM

    4:00 PM

    6:00 PM

    CTA Bus Turnaround

    CTA Bus Turnaround

    After Party

  • Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse

    Part homage, part Halloween, the ‘Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse’ is Chicago’s ultimate zombie thrill dance, and the brainchild of event organizer Troy Hilbrands from Dardanus Productions (DPi). Paying tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the parade of dancing zombies encourages people from all walks of life, dance levels, and age groups to participate in the free community experience. Hundreds are expected to peacefully gather at the Lakeview Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to march and retrace the dance steps of the legendary 1983 Michael Jackson hit music video “Thriller”.

     

    Additional information including rehearsals, line-up, and helpful tips will be submitted to participants via email and website as the event nears.

     

    Event organizer and volunteers are excited to bring the “Thriller” dance to the streets of Chicago for its fourth year.

    Parade Theme & Information

    Parade Waiver must be completed before participating:

    coming soon.

    Basic information

    Arrival: 3PM

    at Halsted & Belmont CTA bus turnaround

     

    Parade Kicks-off:  4:00 PM

    Go to "Parade Day" (above) for DOTZA day-of information.

  • Rehearsal Dates/Times/Locations Schedule

    Dates, Times, and locations are subject to change without update to this page. Please follow us on Meetup, Facebook or Twitter for all updates.

    Saturday, October 03, 2015

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Jones College Prep High School

                     700 S State St, Chicago, IL (map)

    Area:         South Loop

    Time:         11:00 AM5

     

    Sunday, October 11, 2015

    Thriller rehearsal #2

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Jones College Prep High School

                     700 S State St, Chicago, IL

    Area:         South Loop

    Time:   11:00 AM

    *Chicago Marathon happening downtown.

    **Street Parking

     

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

    Thriller rehearsal #3

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Jones College Prep High School

                      700 S State St, Chicago, IL

    Area:         South Loop

    Time:   11:00 AM

    *Street Parking

     

    Saturday, October 24, 2015

    Last chance rehearsals #4

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal

    Location:   Chase Park

                      4701 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Il

    Area:          Andersonville (North)

    Time:       7:00 PM

    *Street Parking

     

    Sunday, October 25, 2015

    Thriller rehearsal #5

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal

    Location:   Jones College Prep High School

                      700 S State St, Chicago, IL

    Area:         South Loop

    Time:   11:00 AM

    *Street Parking

     

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    Last chance rehearsals #6

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Chase Park

                      4701 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Il

    Area:          Andersonville (North)

    Time:       7:00 PM

    *Street Parking

     

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Last chance rehearsals #7

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Chase Park

                      4701 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Il

    Area:          Andersonville (North)

    Time:       7:00 PM

    *Street Parking

     

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Last chance rehearsals #8

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Chase Park

                      4701 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Il

    Area:          Andersonville (North)

    Time:       7:00 PM

    *Street Parking

     

     

    Thursday October 29, 2015

    Last chance rehearsals #9

    Type:         Thriller rehearsal #1

    Location:   Chase Park

                      4701 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Il

    Area:          Andersonville (North)

    Time:       7:00 PM

    *Street Parking

     

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Q: What does it cost?

    A: Absolutely nothing! Currently the event is privately funded as a fun community outreach event. However, to help keep this even free, please consider making a donation that will go towards offsetting costs (rehearsal studio rentals, web hosting, marketing, sound equipment, giveaways, etc).  Consider donating during registration.

     

    Q: What is "Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse”?

    A: We’re celebrating our 3rd year in the Halloween Parade…by assembling all of our friends new and old to break it down MJ style with Chicago's thrill dance—Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse (DOTZA)! A Michael Jackson Thriller tribute and zombie dance mob…DOTZA stemmed from a part of series of themed events that launched in 2012.

     

    Q: When is it?

    A: Saturday, October 31, 2015. See Rehearsal Dates/Times/Locations Schedule tab for further breakdown.

     

    Q: Where does it take place?

    A: The main event will take place in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood during the Halsted Halloween Parade. The 2015 Halloween Parade kicks-off at Belmont & Halsted, and goes North down Halsted ending just before Addison.

     

    Q: May I join with my dance group/team?

    A: We welcome teams and groups of friends to join. You can indicate your team's name and point person in the registration ("Register"). Keep in mind that everyone will be given a GROUP ID, but registering as a group will help keep you all together.

     

    Q: May I participate as an individual?

    A: Heck ya! This event is for everyone, and a great way to meet new people. Everyone will be given a GROUP ID a few days prior to D-Day.

     

    Q: Do you have to dance?

    A: Depending on the response, we will have people that are walking with the dance troop and hold signs or passing out stuff. However, you must register to qualify.

     

    Q: How long will the event last?

    A: The length of the event will depend on the number of entrants. However, you can roughly plan on a few hours (3-7pm). The actual dance will only be about 6 minutes, but will be repeated as the group moves down the street in the parade.

     

    Q: What do I need to contribute to make it a successful event?

    A: Prepare! Start learning the dance moves, get your costume and make-up ready, and attend the rehearsals. Most of all come with a good attitude and ready to have fun.

     

    Q: Why should I participate?

    A: Aside from the fun of dressing up like a zombie you'll also be joining other MJ fans who want to do Thriller with a large scale group. The energy is pretty amazing, and you'll have the satisfaction of being a part of something unique. It’s also a great way to meet new people and have some fun on Halloween. If you've seen flash mobs on TV and always wanted to give a try, then here's your chance.

     

    Q: Who else will be participating?

    A: The infectious beat of MJ's Thriller will call to people of all ages and many parts of the city or beyond. The event is open to the public, and most people interested in dancing will be:

     

    • Michael Jackson fans
    • Thriller fans
    • Zombie fans
    • Dancers
    • Your friends (so spread the word)

     

    Q: Do I have to be a dance professional?

    A: Nope! Anyone can participate, and we welcome people from all dance levels. However, those folks with more experience will most likely be a team lead.

  • Organizers

    Troy Hilbrands & Julie Dahlinger

    Organizers of the 2015 Thriller tribute dance Troy  and Julie each bring something unique to this event, and making it happen. Both MJ fans, these two became friends at the first DOTZA parade dance (2012). From there each found their role, with Julie taking the lead in instructing the dance, and Troy working mainly on the behind -the-scenes.

    Darrdanus Productions, Inc (DPi) is a Chicago based production and event company established by Troy Hilbrands. Our projects focus on social experiments, charity initiatives, and creating events that center on user experience based on vivid and unique atmospheres.

     

    Troy Hilbrands comes from a long history of design and visual arts, and has hosted dozens of charity events over the past 10 years. From a young age he learned how to do popular and tap dancing, and lists Michael Jackson as one of the most inspirational performers. As an avid music fan from a variety of cultures and genres, Troy likes to experiment with different sounds and they can be interpreted visually.