The Seminole Heights unicorn spreads kindness from a distance
Corey Jurgensen walks around Seminole Heights every so often, like most of the locals do, past the bungalows, waving to her neighbors as she strolls along. What differs her from her neighbors though is that she is dressed like a unicorn.
People pull out their phones to film, big smiles on their faces as Jurgensen passes by in a big blow-up unicorn suit, a hole for her face in the unicorn’s chest. She gets requests through Facebook to walk down a certain street in Seminole Heights so they can get a chance to see the Seminole Heights unicorn.
“I do it when I can to give people a break and give them something to laugh about,” Jurgensen said. She started her walks as a unicorn when people began to stay home because of COVID-19 and it was well received by the community. Originally, it was more for the kids of Seminole Heights, but Jurgensen noticed that the adults seem to need it more. “Adults are more curious,” she said. Parents will track her down and ask her to walk down their streets.
Jurgensen originally purchased the unicorn suit to be the Squatty Potty Unicorn on Halloween, a bathroom helper. But she wanted to get more than one wear out of it. “I wanted to get use out of [the costume] for the $60 I spent on it,” she said. “I would randomly go out into the neighborhood dressed as a unicorn.” On April Fool’s Day, she thought it would be funny if someone drove down the street and saw her as a unicorn, then told their families about it, and their families didn’t believe them thinking it was an April Fool’s day trick.
Unfortunately, she can’t walk around for more than 20 to 30 minutes in the costume at a time before it turns into something like a sweat suit for losing weight, she said.
Jurgensen has been a resident of Seminole Heights for about ten years and she’s seen the progression Seminole Heights has taken over the last decade, from the only restaurant being The Front Porch to the number of restaurants there are today. And she wanted to be a part of that growth. Throughout the Heights and all of Tampa, there’s been a trend of doing kind things for others anonymously and in creative ways since the start of the pandemic, like Jorgensen and the unicorn.
Pinwheels have been placed in the ground near the sidewalks of parks in the Heights like Rivercrest Park and Plymouth Playground, with a message in chalk, reading “Take one for your house Spread the Joy.” Signs along Bayshore boulevard say, “We’re in this together,” and one day a group of people held signs saying Happy Birthday to be read by someone up above in a nursing home. Along the Riverwalk the words “Stay Calm, Stay Kind, Stay Safe” were spray-painted in multiple areas in different colors.
When she’s not walking around as a unicorn, Jurgensen has been exercising more and catching up on shows. She’s happy she can play the part of the Seminole Heights unicorn and bring joy to the people in her neighborhood. Her favorite part about the neighborhood is the people. “The people are awesome,” she said. “They truly put the commune in community, we’re always helping each other out.”
Watch Jurgensen tour a neighborhood here.