Yes, the goth-led Tom Petty Vampire Walk is really happening – Daily News

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For a moment there, Mary Soracco worried her “Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk” might get shut down due to the growing number of participants.

But it’s officially a go.

More than 200 people and counting plan to commemorate the memory of Petty with the “Free Fallin’” sing-a-long walk from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, and another 1,000-plus are expressing interest.

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The event kicks off on the steps in front of the Sherman Oaks Galleria (corner of Sepulveda and Ventura boulelvards) before moving west on Ventura Boulevard and then circling back again.

“I’m truly blown away,” Soracco said. “And the outpouring of support for it has been really, really nice.”

The event page has filled up with words of “thanks” from self-identified drag queens and moms of toddlers to fans who plan to don black and attend in memory of Petty, who would have been 67 on Friday, Oct. 20.

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“I’m so glad we can all get together and remember the life and songs of our rock hero,” Melissa Traub posted.

Added Michelle Parisi, “Tom was the best; singing about life and how to keep moving forward despite setbacks, heartbreaks, hard times.”

Jennifer Knoll, a music therapist, offered to lead the walkers in “Free Fallin’” on guitar.

Someone else suggested the walk be live streamed.

With so much riding on the event, Soracco put in a call to the Special Events Permit Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday afternoon “and was told that everything is fine.”

She was encouraged to recruit plenty of volunteers to keep the crowd safe and moving.

“I asked … if there was anything else I should be aware of, and he said, ‘No bullhorns,’” she said, with a laugh. “Wasn’t planning on it.”

But she does plan on showing up early to meet with her crowd control volunteers.

Look for the goth holding a sign that reads “Vampires.”

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