Good Neighbors

Neighbors Plan Social Distance Dinosaur Parade To Cheer Up Their Community

They wanted a safe, fun way to bring people together during the coronavirus crisis.

After several weeks of practicing social distancing, people across the country are coming up with unique ways to safely get the people in their communities outdoors for a bit of fun.

Residents in the Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View, for example, organized a "dinosaur parade," where they dressed up in inflatable dinosaur costumes and hit the sidewalks to bring cheer to people who have been cooped up inside due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Community members dressed up in inflatable dinosaur costumes and paraded through a local neighborhood. Suburban Milwaukee Now

The parade was organized by community member Stacy Meyer and a few friends, who wanted to help those who were "feeling the monotony of being socially isolated."

There were half a dozen dinos in the parade, and a Grand Marshal. The Marshal carried a six-foot flag pole to make sure everyone stayed the CDC-recommended distance apart from one another as they made their way through the neighborhood.

Families flocked to their windows and yards to watch the parade, with children excitedly waving at the dinosaurs from the safety of their front porches. Other bystanders cheered and took photos as the costumes paraded by – one woman wearing an inflatable pig suit even joined in at the tail end.

"If anything, just to give parents and families a little bit of a break, some joy, something different to do today," Meyer said in a video for Suburban Milwaukee Now on what motivated her to plan the parade. "We're just going to make sure we stay six feet away from one another."

Some of the parade's participants also carried yardsticks to make sure they stayed a safe distance from others at all times.

Parade participants were careful to stay six feet apart at all times. Suburban Milwaukee Now

People from neighboring communities even drove over to watch the parade when they heard what was happening.

"I saw the post on the Bay View Facebook page and we were like okay let's come on over from Hales Corners and we're watching the parade," resident Julie Motz said. "We definitely needed this today."

Even though the parade was over in a few minutes, we're sure the joy it brought to people in the community will last for a long time.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the Bay View community's efforts to bring joy to their community? Why not take their lead and plan something fun in your neighborhood.

You can organize a parade, start a socially distant happy hour or encourage others to join in a sing-a-long at a certain time each day.

Just be sure to take the necessary precautions to avoid spreading the virus.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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