Brevard Sheriff’s Office to host ‘first responder parades’ to ease coronavirus anxiety

Parades held throughout the week

Brevard County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. Photo by Tyler Vazquez, Florida Today
Brevard County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. Photo by Tyler Vazquez, Florida Today (Tyler Vazquez, Florida Today)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office announced a new program Monday for parents and children in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The First Responders Parade is set to launch Tuesday night, according to a news release promoting the idea of “coming together while staying apart.”

The parades will be held Tuesday-Friday nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at four different locations.

“What we’re doing is something unique. I don’t know if anybody else has done this but we’re going to,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a press conference.

Ivey said families will be able to go to drive-thru the locations and see massive fire trucks, makeshift crime scenes, and K-9s. The displays will be in partnership with other law enforcement agencies like Brevard County Fire Rescue and local police departments with parade concluding with bags of candy, handed to families in their cars by a bomb squad robot.

“Parents, put children in the car and drive them through,” Ivey said. “Take advantage of getting kids out of the house for a little bit, let them see all of the great stuff and all the great members of our agency," he said.

Parade locations:

  • Tuesday at New Life Space Coast Church in Titusville | 6755 S Washington Avenue
  • Wednesday at Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island | 777 E Merritt Island Causeway
  • Thursday at Wickham Park in Melbourne | 2500 Parkway Drive
  • Friday at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa | 1519 Clearlake Road

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