VPN.com orchestrated the Open Georgia Parade to bring Georgians together during these turbulent times.
The coronavirus pandemic has halted people across the state from going about their lives and has stripped citizens from feeling a sense of normalcy. As Georgia was one of the first states to bravely open up again, VPN.com raised the spirits of thousands of Georgians by orchestrating the Open Georgia Parade to honor fellow businesses, healthcare workers and elected officials.
"We are blessed to be able to put smiles on hundreds of thousands of people's faces across Georgia,” says the tech company’s CEO Michael Gargiulo. “Most importantly, we got to celebrate our healthcare workers who are exhausted and under-appreciated.”
VPN.com’s float, adorned with inspiring signs, uplifting music, and even a snow machine was seen by nearly 120,000 people across the city and on social media. One of the float’s first stops was to drop of collected donations to the Emory University Hospital and the Emory Winship
Cancer Institute. The float also made stops at the Governor’s Mansion and the Fox Theater to spread a little cheerfulness to the streets of Atlanta.
“It was wonderful to see people safely exercise their freedoms,” says Georgia Rep. Colton Moore. “It was great seeing so many smiling faces after being closed down for so long."
Photography by: Gargiulo