By all accounts, the first Mount Pleasant bike parade was an unequivocal success.

More than 60 children and their families dressed up their bikes and themselves at the new Mount Pleasant COP house before heading up Mead Street accompanied by police and a South Shore Fire Department rescue squad.

“(This was) awesome for our first event,” Paula Huck said. “The kids loved it, and there were so many big smiles. It was wonderful to see so much community involvement.”

Huck, from Wells Brothers Pizza, organized the bike parade with Mount Pleasant COP Officer Matt Prochaska and Susan Feehrer from Neighborhood Watch as part of continuing efforts to make positive differences in the Lakeside neighborhood on the village’s southeast side.

Additionally, visitors from the Eco-Justice center brought small animals like bunnies and chickens so the kids could learn about how to care for them and handle the animals properly.

Huck said they’re already looking forward to next year’s parade.

“We will definitely do this next year,” she said. “This was a really great turnout.”

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