Seniors make the best of social distancing with makeshift Mardi Gras parade


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – The Clements stick together, that goes for family dinner or a cross country move. It’s a lifestyle Dianne Clement wouldn’t trade for the world.

“Every two weeks, we probably saw them four times,” Clement says.

She followed her son’s family from Ohio – or Joe Burrow country as she calls it – to the bayou, just to be close. But the pandemic put a damper on those plans. Social distancing, means no hugs, no grand kids, no physical contact.

“It’s been tough,” Clement says.

The same feeling Clement wrestles with every night, is felt throughout The Blake at The Grove. So the families and the staff decided to do something special. The trumpets blew and string of makeshift floats reached around the complex, each honk a family member trying to make contact in a social distance world.

Clement’s favorite car was easy to spot. It was decked out in a mask and blue eyes only her daughter-in-law, Christi Clement could have come up with.

Christie Clement’s decorated car.

“Anything to help brighten the resident’s day,” Christi said.

The sight brought Clement to tears.

“I teared up this morning, I will admit that,” Clement says. “Because these people came out and gave their morning to make our day for us and let us know they miss us too.”

The sound of a trumpet and the honking of a horn never sounded sweeter to the woman who needed the support of a family that always sticks together.

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