The first waking of the zombies occurred on an eerie night when Michael Jackson took his girlfriend to see Thriller. It was close to midnight on December 2, 1983. Darkness fell across the land. They creatures crawled in search of blood. Then they moved like no zombie had ever moved before.
To this day, the ghouls still linger...waiting for All Hallow's Eve, when Michael sets them loose upon Portsmouth, NH.
OCTOBER 1995The Portsmouth Halloween Parade was born. A group of merely twenty marched through the streets in costume.
OCTOBER 2009Michael Jackson's zombies escaped from 6 feet under leaving every spectator of the Portsmouth Halloween Parade chilled to the bone.
DECEMBER 2013The zombies made a second appearance and fooled all in a merrily spirited act at the Portsmouth Holiday Parade.
TODAYNow known as the Portsmouth Thriller, the horde of undead lurk the streets any time and anywhere waiting for their moment to make Michael Jackson proud.
What people are saying about us
"The "Thriller" dance — performed three times — was a highlight of the 2009 parade, with fans cheering loudly and breaking out cell phones and video cameras to record the event."
"Something eerie happens around October; under the harvest moon the town transforms. [The] choreographed Thriller dance... Seriously, you don’t want to miss it."
"I just love this. I never had this when I was a kid. We just did trick-or-treating. It was great. How fabulous to get a group of people to do that [the 'Thriller" dance] . It's very inspiring.'."