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Neighbors hold porch party (from a distance)

Posted at 5:07 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 05:29:52-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Amidst all the uncertainty and worries in the world, people in the Kenwick neighborhood wanted to give their neighbors a reason to smile.

“The idea is to have three minutes of positivity listening to Bob Marley’s song, ‘Three Little Birds,’” said Kara Harkins. “Everything is going to be alright.”

Inspired by the songs of solidarity that echoed across balconies in Italy and other countries in Europe, Harkins decided that this dark time could use a little light.

With the help of some neighbors, she organized a Facebook group to encourage others in the neighborhood to hold a party on their own porches.

At 7 p.m. Monday night, front doors opened and people gathered on their respective front porches, eating, drinking, and dancing along to ‘Three Little Birds.’

“I’m not saying this is going to change [the situation], but it’s certainly not going to hurt it,” Harkins said. “And if we have to do it every Monday at 7 o’clock just to have that glimmer of hope, light, positivity, then we should keep doing it.”

The night also featured a moment of silence for those who have fallen ill or died from the novel Coronavirus, as well as moments of
gratitude for first responders and those who are on the front lines of this crisis.