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Courageous park police save Lincoln Memorial from zombies

A pack of zombies sent to the Lincoln Memorial to frighten commuters, terrorize women, and scare a year's growth out of local children were tuned away by brave United States Park Police, WaPo TeamTV's Emily Yahr reports Tuesday.

Zombies traveled around Washington on Tuesday to freak out commuters and promote AMC's new series. (AFP/Getty Images/Tim Sloan) | PHOTOS

Yes, Zombies Take Washington - promised to us by basic cable network AMC as it prepares to launch its zombie series "The Walking Dead" on Halloween -- turned into Zombies Politely Listen to Law Enforcement.

Minutes before the zombies arrived en masse, courageous United States Park Police were cracking jokes about zombie punctuality. AMC had warned that the zombies were going to show up at 7 a.m., Yahr says.

But thing got deadly serious when the two dozen bloodied, tattered, undead wandered down 23rd St. NW and tried to cross the street to invade the Lincoln Memorial.

"Who is the organizer here?" the U.S. Park Police's Sgt. David Schlosser demanded to know.

He was met by silence; one zombie chewed on her sleeve.

After a short conversation with a non-un-dead official -she appeared to be the zombies's tour guide -- the zombies were led away obediently. Yes, the zombies will try to eat your face - but they're law-abiding face-eaters.

It appears the zombies did not know they needed a separate permit to enter property administrated by the National Park Service.

Thwarted in their efforts to eat some tourists faces and plug the new AMC horror series, the zombies crossed the street and wound up on Constitution Ave. between 22nd and 23rd streets NW, in front of the American Pharmacists Association, and became a tableau on the current state of health care.

The zombies were forced to give up the idea of swarming the Lincoln Memorial, and headed to other commuter spots. (AFP/Getty Images/Tim Sloan)

The re-animated corpses began waving at passing motorists -- law abiding, friendly zombies who will try to eat your face.

"Zombies - to the limo!" one of the zombie-tour guides bellowed after about 10 minutes of this good-will building with the local commuters, Yahr reports.

Half the zombies dead-walked into a charter bus to go eat the faces off commuters at the Foggy Bottom metro station, and maybe scare to death some GW hospital patients gazing out their hospital room windows.

The other, lucky zombies, piled into a faux motorcade, headed to Georgetown, to go try to eat the face off the President of the United States, with Yahr in hot pursuit.

Turns out, Washington commuters are so polite, they will pull over for a motorcade, even if the motorcade is filled with zombies. The zombies arrive in Georgetown in record time. (Note to self: a gal can't do better than to rent a town car and put American flags on top when she's got to get somewhere in town in a hurry.)

Zombie letdown: the corner of Wisconsin and Prospect in Georgetown is pretty dead already - get it? - at 7:45 a.m. on a Tuesday. When the zombies got out of the motorcade limos - not as funny as clowns climbing out of a clown car at the circus, but still, pretty funny - it was witnessed by only a couple passers-by, though a lone employee at the Restoration Hardware on the corner did come outside to record the incident on his cell phone. A parking enforcement official stopped to take a cell phone picture as well.

The motorcade drove around the block and re-appeared - this time not as the Zombie Motorcade, but as the Faux POTUS Motorcade. This was clearly an enormously talented motorcade that can play many roles - the Helen Mirren of motorcades.

The zombies clawed at the motorcade for a while, but you know how it is when you're playing to an empty hall - your performance is bound to lack conviction.

After a while, the zombies decided to head to Farragut North. It was a shrewd move -- the streets were packed with commuters, many of whom took out their phones and recorded the zombies as they descended to the metro station.

"I wish something this interesting happened every day on my walk to work," Yahr notes one passerby saying.

"I don't know if I should take your picture or just run like hell!" another commuter said to a zombie. The zombie staggered for the camera. The commuter chose YouTube stardom over safety and continued shooting the incident.

This was the audience they'd been looking for all morning. The zombies came back upstairs for an encore and attacked the motorcade again. Commuters gave them rave reviews.

PHOTOS: Zombies take over the morning commute

Earlier: Video: Silver Spring Zombie Walk 2010

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 26, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
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The whole "you need a permit" argument is a bit flaky here. Sounds like you could use the same argument for a busload of tourists from some undesirable place. I'd love to know what department of the National Parks Service grants permits for A Zombie shambling tour of the DC monuments?

Posted by: SomeFatGuy | October 26, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I will take deadies over righties or lefties any day. Thank you for making my commute a little more interesting!

Posted by: Easel3 | October 26, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey look!....iPod users.

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | October 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | October 26, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Awesome marketing. Looking forward to the Walking Dead TV show.

Posted by: flonzy1 | October 26, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I figured it was writers for the Washington Post.

They just do whatever the Democrats say.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 26, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

These losers have too much time on their hands. Must be Govt employees.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 26, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

oh............we thought it was the contaminated liberal/progressive young people showing up early for the Jon Stewart hate fest............

Posted by: allenridge | October 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

It's commercial speech, not political or even artistically was promoting an AMC series.

Now if it was just an organized zombie walk...that would be a free speech issue as the recent ruling on religious pamphleteering which stated that no permit was needed, would apply.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | October 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny. Sounds like the zombies lack brains. Maybe they'll do better next year.

Posted by: greendayer | October 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

D.C. isn't Hollywood. Why didn't they do this skit in Los Angeles where all the movie stars live?

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 26, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Let some in society continue to play or make fun at the black arts, Demons, and the dead. One day, these things might come true.

I wonder how some would feel, all the dead in the cemeteries start rising from the grave and walking the streets of the earth? hehehe

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 26, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Stewart arrive in D.C. today too?

Posted by: njtou | October 26, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder how some would feel, all the dead in the cemeteries start rising from the grave and walking the streets of the earth? hehehe"

The brain dead have been in the Senate for the last 4 years and in the white house since Jan 20th 2009

Posted by: Manhattanman | October 26, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Meet the new Congress.

Posted by: bloggersvilleusa | October 26, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The brain dead have been in the Senate for the last 4 years and in the white house since Jan 20th 2009

Posted by: Manhattanman | October 26, 2010 11:19 PM

Actually they were in back in 2000 and are trying to take our country down still.
I could only hope all repubs would become zombies. What a great day it would be for the country.,14385/

Posted by: Blahya | October 27, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I would have surprised them. Conceal & Carry would be handy in a situation like that.

btw: Hit them in the head, they go down pretty easy.

Posted by: Rick67 | October 27, 2010 4:15 AM | Report abuse

Park Police are purchasing a new Zombie Response Vehicle.


Posted by: MikeLicht | October 27, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

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