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Participants must complete a 2017 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.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
More information will be updated once the parade information times have been released.
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We've changed our name to reflect more of what the group is about...Michael Jackson's Thriller. Formerly known as ‘Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse’ we now appropriately are called "Chicago Thriller."
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 Tuesday, October 31, 2017 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.
Rehearsal Dates/Times/Locations Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What does it cost?
A: As of 2016 we ask participants to support the event by contributing $5 (or more) each rehearsal, and help offsetting costs (rehearsal studio rentals, MeetUp monthly charge, web hosting, marketing, sound equipment, giveaways, etc).
Q: What is "Chicago Thriller”?
A: We’re celebrating our 5th year in the Halloween Parade…by assembling all of our friends new and old to break it down MJ style with Chicago Thriller! A Michael Jackson Thriller tribute and zombie dance mob…the group stemmed from of series of themed events that launched in 2012.
Q: When is it?
A: Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 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 2017 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.
Q: May I participate as an individual?
A: Heck ya! This event is for everyone, and a great way to meet new people.
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, passing out stuff, or helping with logistics. Please contract Troy or Julie through Facebook or Meetup.
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. Relax 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:
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.
Troy & Julie
Organizers of the 2017 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 parade dance, known then as Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, back in 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. Our projects focus on social experiments, charity initiatives, and creating events that center on user experience based on vivid and unique atmospheres.
Troy 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.