Milton council approves Zombie Fest street closure

June 11, 2021

Milton Town Council unanimously approved a request from Milton Theatre to close a portion of Union Street on Saturday, Oct. 16, for the Zombie Fest parade. 

Theater spokesman J.P. Lacap said at council’s June 7 meeting that the request is to close Union Street from Atlantic Avenue to Federal Street from 8 to 9 p.m. for the Zombie Walk, when attendees dressed as zombies sloooooowly make their way down Union Street. 

Lacap said this is the same plan that the theater wanted to follow last year before the 2020 festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said plans have been sent to the Delaware Department of Transportation, which has given its approval pending the go-ahead from the town. 

This year’s Zombie Fest will be contained within the grounds of Milton Theatre, with indoor events inside the theater, outdoor performances on the Quayside Stage and events in the parking lot behind the Milton Theatre House. Lacap said food trucks will not likely be part of the festival.

This will be the first Zombie Fest to be held since 2019, when the festival was canceled and then moved to Northbeach restaurant in Dewey Beach after the theater and town officials could not reach agreement on logistics. The theater had intended to return the event to Milton in 2020 until the pandemic shuttered the festival, but with restrictions on outdoor events eased, plans are moving forward under the title Zombie Fest: Homecoming. 

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