The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies have long brought joy to parades. Now they are mourning the incident in Wisconsin

The grandmothers who died, “were extremely passionate,” the post said. “Their eyes shone ….. the joy of being grandma. They were the glue … held us together.”

First, they are probably not your grandmother’s grandmothers.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies have been bringing joy to Wisconsin’s parade crowds from Memorial Day to Christmas, where they’ve been sashaying with their pompoms in costume-appropriate costumes for decades.

“They have won many trophies, but it is the enthusiasm and smiles of children and adults of all ages that warm the hearts of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies,” the group’s website states.

The only requirement to be a member is to be a grandmother, the group says.

The Dancing Grannies was formed in 1984 by what was originally a jazz group, one of the members said. CNN affiliate WDJT earlier this year.

The group trains once a week and it is clear that it brings them almost as much joy as they bring to parade crowds.

“Who does not like to hear wolf whistles at this age?”, A member told WDJT.

When the group passes the veteran stand, they do kicks and “some kind of sexy hip thing,” said another.

Time together builds camaraderie and even family.

They go out to dinner together and drive together to a parade in Minnesota once a year, a member told WDJT. “It’s a good time,” she said.

“We all really love each other, I think,” said one. “We are like sisters,” she said in the WDJT interview, which included a clip of the group dancing to “We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge.

And they are dedicated. They practice at home to make sure they have their routine down, a member told WDJT.

It’s all about “wonderful aerobic exercise,” a member said in a 2016 interview CNN affiliate WTMJ.

“The crowd loves us, it’s amazing,” one member told WTMJ. “And the amazing thing is what it does to us. That adrenaline starts to go and you just want to do your very best.”

The group was devastated by Sunday’s tragedy, the group states on Facebook.

“Our group did what they loved, performing in front of the crowds in a parade that put smiles on faces of all ages and filled them with joy and happiness.”


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