Catapult Creative House provides unique Parade of Lights viewing experience for children with special needs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Ahead of the Parade of Lights in Downtown Cape Girardeau, Meghan Tyson came to Christy Mershon of Catapult Creative House with an idea. 

“We were at an Old Town meeting, Christy and I were, and I expressed that I wanted to have something that I could bring my son who’s autistic,” Tyson said. “We love doing different events, but a lot of times it’s too overwhelming for him, so I mentioned we needed to get something together and all of a sudden, she said, ‘Well, let’s just do it this week,’ and here we are.” 

Mershon detailed the parade viewing experience Catapult Creative House provided for children with special needs. 

“We’re really trying to make sure there’s a space where the noises aren’t so loud, the lights aren’t so glaring, and that all children in our community can enjoy the parade,” she said.

Tyson said Mershon’s can-do attitude made this a possibility. 

“She’s a go-getter. I have lots of ideas, but she has all the follow-through, so she let us have this entire space to offer up to the kids, which I think is a really great thing,” Tyson said.

The 30th annual parade lit up downtown with all sorts of holiday spirit and featured a variety of floats, including one created by Discovery Playhouse and the Green Bear Project. 

Kendra Eads of the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, or NASV, said there is a special feeling downtown surrounding the parade. 

“It’s just feeling very Christmas-y down here,” she said.

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