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Belfast residents fill city streets for their own ‘Harlem Shake’ video

Posted March 11, 2013, at 4:49 p.m.
Last modified March 11, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

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BELFAST, Maine — The ‘Harlem Shake’ took over the streets of Belfast on Friday, and the resulting video will be used to help a statewide nonprofit group.

On Friday, Belfast residents tried their collective hands — and feet — at the silly dance craze that is burning up the Internet.

Beginning at 4 p.m., people were invited to show up at the Main Street stoplight to shake their way up a city block to the Key Bank building.

“People [were] encouraged to dress crazy, bring props, bring drums, get a little wild, because it’s March — and what else do we have to do in March?” said Breanna Bebb of Our Town Belfast, which helped to publicize the event.

The community event was filmed and will be used on the website of her organization, which is kicking off a “Healthy Main Streets” initiative.

That is something that Our Town Belfast is doing in connection with the statewide Main Street Maine network, Bebb said. That nonprofit group — part of the Maine Development Foundation — has $1.6 million to help 20 Maine communities promote workplace wellness.

“We’re creating a wellness committee with representatives from at least 10 small businesses in the downtown,” she said of the Belfast efforts. “We’ll be helping to connect employees with area resources in nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation.”

BDN writer Abigail Curtis contributed to this report.

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