Kicker – A costumed conga line

NICK EICHER, HOST: In one neighborhood in the Detroit suburbs, things got so strange… 

BASHAM: How strange?

Imagine this: It’s Day 50 of the coronavirus lockdown and maybe your eyes are playing tricks on you. You glance out of the front window and you see a zebra, a bear, and a giraffe—all on hind legs strolling down the sidewalk, single file. Then a dinosaur, a pink unicorn, a Mr. Potato Head.

It’s a conga line of hilarious costumes parading down the street for no obvious reason.

Sarah Ignash, the founder of the Ferndale T-Rex Walking Club says there’s a method to the madness.

IGNASH: It’s just something that’s very unexpected, and people need something a little bit different to break up the day, I think.

And it does cheer people up. People open their doors and shoot cell-phone videos as they pass.

And lest anyone call the cops, it’s perfectly legal.

IGNASH: A lot of us are very large, and we have very long tails. So maintaining social distancing is very easy in these.

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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) In this Monday, May 11, 2020 photo, Sarah Ignash helps a member of the T-Rex Walking Club with a giraffe costume in Ferndale, Mich. 

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