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Easter Bunny practicing social distancing in Niagara County

Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm

Easter Sunday in Town of Niagara

By Michael DePietro

Interim Tribune Editor

It seems the Easter Bunny has found a way to spread some holiday cheer in Niagara County this season while still maintaining social distancing. On Sunday, April 12, he’ll be bringing that joy to neighborhoods around the Town of Niagara.

According to a message on the town’s Facebook page, the Easter Bunny will board Niagara Active Hose's fire truck at 1 p.m. to dole out plenty of waves and air-hugs. The ride-along will head to the following areas and surrounding streets in this sequential order: John Street, Belden Center, Veteran Heights, Expressway Village, Tuscarora Road, Cayuga Village, Royal Park Apartments, JoAnne Circle, Colonial Village, Wildwood Acres and Tuscarora Village.

Town of Niagara police will signal the parade’s approach using their sirens and are said to be making every effort to go down all streets within the Town of Niagara. They ask that everyone practice proper social distancing and view the parade from a driveway or window.

Ol’ Peter Cottontail has been pretty busy in Niagara County recently. He was first spotted on Friday, April 3, driving around neighborhoods in North Tonawanda with Heidi Urban, whose family owns Platter’s Chocolate. A subsequent “Easter Bunny Road Trip” was planned by the North Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Department. However, the mayor’s office issued an executive order against all public parades in an attempt to corral the spread of COVID-19.

Not to be deterred, the bunny, instead, held a live broadcast on the North Tonawanda Youth Center Facebook page on Thursday where kids and families played games, learned some fun dance moves, and even took part in a Q&A (with the help of an Easter Bunny translator, of course.)

Everyone’s favorite furry friend also hopped around the Town of Wheatfield on April 4, alongside first responders as part of a full-blown "social distance parade" hosted by a number of Wheatfield-area fire companies. Kids and families flocked to their front yards, cheering and holding up signs supporting those who are putting their lives on the line during this pandemic.

While it’s hard to stay cheerful during these uncertain times, these kinds of joyous gestures by local municipalities and organizations have gone a long way to giving local residents something to smile about.

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