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Waverly Hills neighborhood holds second parade while social distancing

Posted at 11:23 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 06:40:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Around a dozen cars showed up for a parade in the Waverly Hills neighborhood. Last week, organizers were able to get a bunch of people together to parade through the streets of their community, while social distancing.

It was a spur-of-the-moment idea from one family which led to many more families participating for a second weekend in a row.

"The family was sitting around the house kind of going crazy and trying to think of something that we could do with our neighbors, and practice social distancing," explained Brett Ketcham. That is how simple it was for Ketcham and his family to come up with the unique idea.

"To be able for families to participate and then, also maybe some of our older residents that are shut in, or not be able to come out, it gives them something to do," said Ketcham.

Ketcham's neighbors are thankful for a way to practice social distancing and at the same time still be able to have fun.

Russell Homan alongside his wife and kids were part of the parade on Sunday afternoon. "It gets the kids outside and they got to wash the car, out of it, which is nice. And the kids are kind of in to it now." Homan's wife, Patricia, added, "It was so great that we had so many families that want to do fun things. And someone just took the initiative to post it and we wanted to be a part of the neighborhood fun."

While a good number of residents were a part of the parade, many were spectators too. Seth Coffin and his son, Avery, were just a couple of dozens of people with smiles on their faces while watching the parade.

Coffin said, "We think it's great. I mean, people are coming out, it's the way we should all be living in the first place, so we're really enjoying it."

As long as the Coronavirus is still causing shutdowns and quarantines, neighbors can expect to see more parades through Waverly Hills in the future.

"I think we'll do it as long as we're quarantined," said Ketcham. "We're called the Quarantine Caravan and we'll keep it going until it's over."