The performing group Dancing Grannies are taking center stage once again, two weeks after the deadly crash at the Waukesha Christmas Parade.
Three members of the dance group and the husband of one of the members were killed when police said Darrell Brooks Jr. intentionally drove an SUV into the crowd, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and CNN reported.
Others members of the Dancing Grannies were among the injured and are recovering. They all are suffering from emotional trauma, members told the newspaper.
In all, six people were killed and dozens of people, including children, were injured, The Associated Press reported.
Brooks is in jail on a $5 million bond.
On Saturday, instead of performing their typical dance routines, members of the Dancing Grannies walked during the Franklin Christmas Parade, linked arm-in-arm and waved at the crowds. They paid tribute to the members who died by listing their names on the backs of their matching sweatshirts, the Journal Sentinel reported.
It was their first event since the parade tragedy, WISN reported.
“We really decided that we needed to do this for them,” member Sharon Millard told WISN. “We don’t have enough to do a parade anymore because of the loss we’ve had, but we do have enough to walk in the parade and honor those who died, and walk for them and let the community know that we’re still here.”
The Dancing Grannies, which was formed in 1984, perform in about 25 parades each year.
They started as an exercise class before transitioning to a dance troupe. They range in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s. The only rule to be a member is that they must be a grandmother, the AP reported.
As for the Dancing Grannies, they are trying to recruit new members so they can dance again, WISN reported.
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