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We can’t be the only ones who have been waiting for that moment when our neighbors poke their heads out the window and break into song like the Italians we’ve been watching (and crying to) on YouTube.

Maybe some of you have been lucky enough to participate in something impromptu — but tonight, there’s an official call-out by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture asking that residents throughout the Puget Sound region celebrate the people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response by opening their windows and making a lot of joyful noise.

Starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, we hope you’ll open your window, stand on your balcony, or wander into your backyard to clap, yell, bang pots, and sing, all to show solidarity with those who are risking their lives to keep the rest of us safe during this crisis. These include grocery store workers, supply chain specialists, janitors, healthcare works, sanitary workers, police officers, and more.

And while you’re doing so, take a picture or video and post it with the hashtags #MakeAJoyfulNoise and #SeattleTogether. Let’s spread a little joy.