Florida performer bikes 3,000 miles to surprise hundreds of friends with a song and dance

Billy Flanigan and friends.
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Billy Flanigan will travel any distance — by bike, no less — to spread cheer to his friends and colleagues.

Flanigan has been an entertainer at Walt Disney World for 38 years, and with the resort closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, he missed being able to sing and dance for people. While on a bike ride, he realized he was near a friend's house, and stopped by to say a socially distanced hello.

With that visit lifting both of their spirits, Flanigan thought that he should greet more of his friends and co-workers. What started as a quick hello has morphed into a "Flanigram," which involves a song and dance, personalized for each recipient. He rings the door bell, backs up, puts on his show, and then goes. "It's just a short visit, a little song, it's silly," he told the Orlando Sentinel. "But I love to make people smile. If I can brighten someone's day, I want to do it."

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Flanigan estimates he has visited about 265 people and logged more than 3,000 miles on his bike since the pandemic began. He has pedaled to see friends who live 90 miles away from his home, and also brought his bike on a road trip so he could surprise pals in California, Texas, and Arizona. "He's just the perfect example of how a little act of kindness can go a long way," friend Becky Roper said. Catherine Garcia

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.