With Tampa's extension of the Safer at Home order on April 3, 2020, locals are expected to continue practicing social distancing to help flatten the curve. Being stuck at home doesn't have to be a drag though. The City of Tampa's Mayor Jayne Castor has teamed up with iHeartMedia to launch a Bay-Wide karaoke dance party so you can party like it's 1992 in your living room.
The event started on April 6, 2020, and will continue every night at 6 p.m. eastern time until further notice; The Bay Area public can turn up the tunes on one of their 6 favorite participating iHeart radio stations to join in the fun.
Even if you're not from Florida and want to tune in, you can locate the participating stations on iHeart's website.
Each station will be slinging songs to get you groovin' and singin' all from the comfort of your own home — you can put your Netflix binge on hold for this.
Listeners are encouraged to take their indoor karaoke dance parties outdoors too; breathe in some fresh air, say hello to neighbors, and stay active — all while maintaining a solid social distance by staying 6 feet apart as you show off your best moves.
You can even band together with other participants by sharing photos and videos of your personal party on social media by tagging @cityoftampa, your favorite iHeartMedia stations, and by using the hashtag #HappyAtHomeTPA.
The Mayor even posted a video to the City of Tampa's Facebook page about the event; you can see her briefly bustin' a move before she dives into her vision to unite the community in uncertain times with the Karaoke Dance Party.
"We want to bring our community closer together when we're having to stay apart here," says Castor, "and what better way to do that than have a dance party!"
People have already joined in on the first night too.
A search of the #HappyAtHomeTPA tag on Instagram pulls up 603 videos and images as of publication, featuring people of all ages gettin' down with their bad selves to the rhythm of Happy by Pharrel Williams, among other tunes, with their families, friends, neighbors and even pets.
You'll also find some stunning nature shots and photos of the Bay Area community.
As reported in a release on the City of Tampa's website, Mayor Castor knows that times are hard and that the community needs to come together now more than ever — even if it's online and over the airwaves.
"This is an opportunity to step outside, take a break, and have some much-needed fun," says Mayor Castor, "There’s nothing like some great music to uplift our community’s spirit and remind us that we will get through this together.”
*Photos used for illustrative purposes