After the worst storms on recent record, Baltimore village recently became a stage, mobilising to create a dance video for the Pharrell Williams song HAPPY.
The infectiously upbeat song originated as a score for the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me 2, becoming an Internet phenomenon, as local versions are made across the world (Dublin, Paris, Warsaw).
The Baltimore production was an entirely voluntary effort combining the talents of Sharon Rose McKeever, Colin Hickey and Sheelagh Broderick with the support of local businesses and community groups. Dancers young and old gathered at local landmarks astonishing and entertaining Sunday strollers. Mid-term visitors and families of Optimist dinghy sailors swelled the local population to create a carnival atmosphere in the square culminating in a mass freestyle dance underneath the castle at 6pm.
Commenting afterwards Broderick said, “The event was a great challenge, a great joy and a great success, raising funds for the RNLI in the process. Despite the relentless bad weather we believed we could make it happen and it did”.
The edited four-minute video is available to watch online through the HAPPYinBaltimore Facebook page and on YOUTUBE.