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Car parade rolls through Anchorage senior housing community

  • Author: Emily Mesner
  • Updated: September 17
  • Published July 23

Patricia Brown video chats with her son, who lives in Chicago, while she waves to drivers in a parade at Chugach View and Chugach Manor in Anchorage on July 23, 2020. The event was held to bring positivity to the residents, many of whom are at high risk for COVID-19 and have been isolated in recent months. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

Revving engines and car horns filled the air at Chugach View and Chugach Manor on Thursday as a parade for seniors rolled through the otherwise quiet neighborhood.

Residents inside and outside watched as a parade of about a dozen decorated vehicles passed through twice. The event was hosted by the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and the Municipality of Anchorage.

A decorated car takes part in a parade, helping celebrate seniors living at Chugach View and Chugach Manor. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

“I think it was awesome,” said Patricia Brown, who video-chatted with her son so he could watch from Chicago with her. “It gets us out the house for a change.”

The Anchorage Corvette Association, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, East Rotary Club and Anchorage Safety Patrol and Center participated in the event, decorating vehicles with balloons, teddy bears, dolls and American flags.

For Phyllis White and Beverly Miller, the parade helped them see friends and community members they haven’t been able to see as often due to COVID-19 and the resulting closure of their community rooms.

“It’s a welcomed thing to get out and get some sunshine,” Brown said.

Members of the Anchorage Corvette Association drive in a parade to celebrate seniors living at Chugach View and Chugach Manor. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Son Yoon waves to passing vehicles as the parade makes its way past Chugach View and Chugach Manor. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A member of the Anchorage Corvette Association waves to residents as he drives in a parade to celebrate seniors living at Chugach View and Chugach Manor. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Agnes Lee, left, and Son Yoon, right, sit in the shade as they wait for the parade to start at Chugach View and Chugach Manor. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

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