MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Ghosts and goblins are expected to come out in late October for Halloween, but the beer-craving undead can’t wait that long.

The 9th annual Zombie Pub Crawl kicked off at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon with Mayor R.T. Rybak and an estimated 30,000 zombies in tow.

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New this year, some pretend zombies ate some real brains. Andrew Zimmern’s “A-Z Canteen” prepared pork brain tacos – a dish that’s served in Mexico – for a group of competitive eaters.

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Joey Chestnut won $1,000 for being the best brain eater, devouring 54 tacos in eight minutes.

Last year’s event was named the “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies” by the Guinness Book of Records.

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The event was created eight years ago by a group of friends in northeast Minneapolis.