Neighborhoods across the nation are coming up with clever ideas to show solidarity during the coronavirus quarantines – from teddy bear hunts and birthday parades to socially distanced music events at set hours of the day or week. Chihuahua Valley residents are no exception, with a noise-making parade planned every Saturday night at 7 p.m.
“My husband Cris thought this would be good once a week to get together while still following the social distancing in our cars,” organizer Deborah Casteel said. “And the people who can’t get to the parade are making noise on their porches. It’s a few minutes for us all to come together in this trying time.”
On Thursday, March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The quarantine and the ever-changing rules are taking a toll on residents, as they become bored, stressed and in need of a way to express their wish for social contact – while not contacting physically. The parade of noise was a good solution for neighbors in rural Chihuahua Valley.
Participation in the event has been good, with people banging on pots, ringing bells and honking auto horns. The act of making a racket is proving to be a fun, lighthearted stress reliever, residents said, looking forward to the weekend festivities.
Five vehicles rolled down Chihuahua Valley Road Saturday, April 4, as stationary neighbors joined in the fun with their own reverberations. Sharon Angel blasted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the group proceeded down the lane.
Sara Scott said, “It was a lot of fun, even if Cody did break a wooden spoon on the pan he was banging on. Oops.”
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