Hundreds of people took part in the annual Zombie Walk through the streets of Tel Aviv on Wednesday night as Purim celebrations began in earnest. Revelers dressed as the undead strutted their stuff in a colorful display of bloodied bodies, fake fangs, grisly gore, and lacerated limbs.

Israeli youth take part in an annual Zombie Walk procession ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, in Tel Aviv. March 06, 2012. (photo credit: Dima Vazinovich/Flash90)

Israeli youth take part in an annual Zombie Walk procession ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim, in Tel Aviv. March 06, 2012. (photo credit: Dima Vazinovich/Flash90)

Based on the story of the Book of Esther, Purim recalls the legendary salvation of the Jewish community in Persia through covert means. Wearing costumes is a central theme during the festival that is celebrated by Jewish communities around the world.

Israelis participate the Zombue Walk in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

Israelis participate the Zombie Walk in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

A zombie has a hand with her costume (photo credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

A zombie has a hand with her costume (photo credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

A young woman sinks her teeth into celebrating Purim (photo credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

A young woman sinks her teeth into celebrating Purim (photo credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

Keeping her fingers on the pulse (photo by Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

Keeping her fingers on the pulse (photo by Gili Yaari / Flash 90)

Warning, smoking is bad for you (photo credit: Dima Vazinovich / Flash 90)

Warning, smoking is bad for you (photo credit: Dima Vazinovich / Flash 90)