Karen DeAngelis of Pawtucket, R.I., was on a bus when she saw Officer Lepore perform while directing traffic. She got out to watch him before continuing her journey.
“I would come down here every year to see him if I were able to,” she says. “I’m not able to, and I just so happened to be here today. He’s that good and he’s that entertaining, and he really cheers people up.”
Officer Lepore said his dance moves are planned to send specific directions to drivers to avoid causing confusion at the intersection.
“I do it in such a way that even the people in the cars know what I mean, ‘cause every dance move means something to the driver, and I make sure that he knows or she knows what I want them to do,” Officer Lepore says.
The dancing is not a distraction and has never caused incredulous drivers to crash, he says.
“I think it would be more of a distraction if I was in a different town and they didn’t know I was out there, but most of Providence, they even know me by the sound of my whistle,” he said. “It’s more of a spectacle where people love to just come down here and see me do it around Christmastime, and they enjoy it … and I enjoy it.”