In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the first “official” flash mob—which is said to have taken place in a Macy’s department store in Manhattan on June 3, 2003—we’d like to take a moment to discuss what makes these falsely impromptu performances so special.
A flash mob, at its core, consists of a group of individuals gathering together in a public place to participate in some kind of coordinated performance. Meant to look like an accidental example of synergistic humanity, the flash mob phenomenon has evolved over the past decade to encompass a wide range of populations and purposes.
There have been flash mob pillow fights, flash mob dance-offs, even a flash mob that involved 100 “Where’s Waldo?” look-alikes.
And, unlike other fads—for example, the Harlem Shake—the flash mob hasn’t completely faded away. In fact, it has retained much of its magical cache, despite being nearly a decade old.
5 Reasons Why Elderly Flash Mobs Rock:
They draw attention to important issues: In the video above, a group of aging adults organized by Ethos, a Boston-based non-profit that helps elders age in place in their own homes, dances to raise awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Continue reading to witness the “World’s Oldest Flash Mob” in action…