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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) —  Thousands of costumed zombies flooded the streets of Key West for the annual Zombie Bike Ride over the weekend.

Some 8,500 participants, ranging from seniors to families with kids and dogs, biked along the beaches and streets of the island city on Sunday wearing dead-white face paint, gory tattered garments in “classic” zombie fashion, and accessories that ranged from tutus to top hats.

Standouts in the ride included an eerie zombie wedding party, a devilish red-garbed “rock star” propelled by a biking “roadie” and a “chef” in a cart offering zombie-style meals on wheels.

Costumed participants in the Zombie Bike Ride pedal down South Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Fla. More than 8,500 "zombies" cycled for more than four miles during the event that coincided with the beginning weekend of Key West's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration that continues through Sunday, Nov. 1. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Costumed participants in the Zombie Bike Ride pedal down South Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Fla. More than 8,500 “zombies” cycled for more than four miles during the event that coincided with the beginning weekend of Key West’s annual 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration that continues through Sunday, Nov. 1. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

The spooky cyclists traveled a route along Key West’s Atlantic Ocean shore and into a section of picturesque Old Town — culminating in the ZombieFest Party on famed Duval Street.

The Zombie Bike Ride coincided with the first weekend of Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival that continues through Sunday, Nov. 1st.

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