Happy days are here in Lynchburg. The city is showing off its good cheer and its dance moves in a just-released video, "LYH Happy."

The video, a city project, showcases people across the community shimmying to the upbeat hit song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The video was filmed shortly after a Gallup poll named Lynchburg one of the happiest metro areas in the country.

The five-minute clip will be used in the future to promote the city. Its release comes shortly before National Tourism Week, May 3-11.

The video was filmed by LTV and premiered at Lynchburg City Council's meeting Tuesday night.

"We're about to see something fun," Mayor Michael Gillette said, adding he wanted to extend his thanks to all the residents and business owners who took part and "showed us how to bust a move."

"Lynchburg has maintained its vision statement of being a great place to live, work and play," he said. "... This is a wonderful show of how happy we can be here in Lynchburg."

The idea for the video originated from Capt. Jason Campbell of the Lynchburg Fire Department even before the Gallup poll ratings were released. Campbell said he was inspired by the growing trend of "Happy" videos hitting the internet.

The project was a fun way to feature all of the sights, destinations and people that make Lynchburg a great place, he said.

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Contact Alicia Petska at (434) 385-5542 or apetska@newsadvance.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AliciaPetska

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