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Thousands attend Lexington's annual 'Thriller' parade

Albert Ignacio dancing as Michael Jackson in the 14th annual live performance of the Thriller video, which this year kicks off the Breeder's Cup Festival, on Main St. in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, October 25, 2015. Photo by Matt Goins
Albert Ignacio dancing as Michael Jackson in the 14th annual live performance of the Thriller video, which this year kicks off the Breeder's Cup Festival, on Main St. in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, October 25, 2015. Photo by Matt Goins Herald-Leader

A nearly full moon and mild weather attracted thousands of zombies and regular folks downtown Sunday night for Lexington's 14th annual re-creation of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

The event has grown so much that 1,200 zombies and six Michael Jacksons performed; last year, organizers estimated that 15,000 people lined both sides of Main Street.

This year, a short parade featuring March Madness Marching Band started the show before Albert Ignacio, a five-time Michael Jackson portrayer, emerged from The Kentucky Theater.

The event is helping to kick off the Breeders' Cup Festival, a series of events leading up to Friday and Saturday's championship races at Keeneland.

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