Detroit-area residents lift spirits with costumed parades

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      Sarah Ignash spends her days looking after dogs in normal times. With her business temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus, though, she’s taken to walks on the wild side through her Detroit suburb with dancing bears, bipedal zebras and the like.

      Ignash, whose business in nearby Roseville specializes in boarding, grooming and day care for dogs, is one of the roughly two dozen members of the Ferndale T-Rex Walking Club who have been donning inflatable costumes for feel-good jaunts during these stressful times…

      It was the club’s seventh walk since it formed in March. The members’ full-body inflatable costumes run the gamut from dancing hippos… And, of course, there’s a T-Rex.  They trek single-file along sidewalks to thematically appropriate tunes such as the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian,” and “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was)…

      While the club members get a kick out of their parades, the idea is to bring a little bit of cheer…“That’s just really why we’re doing it. It’s just something that’s very unexpected. And people need something a little bit different to break up the day, I think,” Ignash said.

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