Belvedere Boyz Cast Party!

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Aide Myra Larson and Program Director Stephanie Gumina with Ernie Bell, one of the stars of the Belvedere Boyz video

Aide Myra Larson and Program Director Stephanie Gumina with Ernie Bell, one of the stars of the Belvedere Boyz video

When you get over 2 million views for your YouTube video, you no longer have to “Fight for Your Right to Party.”

Residents at the The Belvedere of Westlake Assisted Living and Special Care Facility celebrated with a cast party last week in response to their recent YouTube video, a spoof of The Beastie Boyz song, You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party.”

The video, produced by Belvedere Program Director Stephanie Gumina, was videoed last month and posted to YouTube on March 30. Almost overnight, the video went viral and accumulated 1.8 million views.

“I posted a link to the video on my Facebook page on March 30 and when I went to bed that night, there were about 20 views,” says Gumina. “When I woke up the next morning, there were 800!  The whole next day, we saw another 10,000 views, and another 10,000 views, and it just kept building. I really don’t know how it caught fire.”

Cast and crew celebrate 2 million YouTube views

Cast and crew celebrate 2 million YouTube views

The 3:35 minute video features aging hipsters donning dark sunglasses and gold chain necklaces, a spunky woman wailing on an electric guitar and  a husband and wife drag racing in their wheelchairs.

The “Belvedere Boys” and other volunteer video participants “feel like celebrities,” Gumina says. “They’re asking each other, ‘Did you ever think that THIS is what we’d be doing in our 90s? We’re all over the Internet!’ They think it’s awesome. They have had a lot of fun with it.”

Last Friday, The Belvedere hosted a special Cast Party celebrating the fact that the Belvedere Boyz no longer have to fight for their right to party. They earned it!

And, by the way, the now-famous YouTube video is up to 2,084,300 views!

Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/mZ6ZrJUNQG4

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