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Everyone Loves a (Birthday) Parade

Angie Frederickson
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  • Lauren Buck, Katie Buck, Caroline Buck,

    Armed with balloons and streamers, Lauren and Katie Buck, 9, and sister, Caroline, 7, participated in their friend Brynn Carr’s 7th birthday festivities. 

  • Lauren Ladwig, Annalise Ladwig, Noah Ladwig, Luke Ladwig,

    Riding in the back of a truck is the perfect way to cruise by in a birthday parade. Lauren, Annalise, Noah and Luke Ladwig (from left) celebrated Hailey Falk’s 11th birthday.

  • Evelyn Forque

    Evelyn Forque takes a ride to wish a Laney Ripper a happy birthday during one of the many birthday parades taking place during the stay at home order.

  • Hailey Sutin, Evelyn Forque, Kinley DeArman, Sydney Pasternak,

    Friends from Condit Elementary, Hailey Sutin, Evelyn Forque, Kinley DeArman, and Sydney Pasternak (from left) celebrate by giving social-distancing hugs for Evelyn’s 8th birthday.

  • Ava Hill, Pierson Hill, Isabella Mansueto,

    Twins Ava and Pierson Hill (from left) wore festive crowns to celebrate their 6th birthdays, and loved having their friend Isabella Mansueto join the fun. 

  • Casper Berry

    Casper Berry, 10, participated in Coach Michael Mouton’s birthday parade, along with lots of other students from St. Thomas More.

  • Reagan Gabel,

    Happy birthday to Coach Michael Mouton! Reagan Gabel, 14, is popping out of the sunroof and ready to celebrate the beloved coach’s birthday. 

  • Chloe King, Jack King,

    No party is complete without noisemakers. Chloe and Jack King (from left) rolled down the windows and blasted birthday boy Oliver Orsburn with some loud party noise.

  • Lauren Buck, Katie Buck, Caroline Buck,

    The Buck sisters, Lauren, Katie and Caroline, emerged from their minivan’s windows and sunroof to wish Oliver Orsburn a happy 8th birthday. 

  • Sarah Ann Powell

    Reverse birthday parade! Birthday girl Sarah Ann Powell, with her dog at her side, was driven around by mom, Katherine, to be feted at her friends’ homes. 

  • Ariana Staller

    Ariana Staller gets a big surprise with a giant balloon display to celebrate her 7th birthday, along with all of her friends coming by, at safe distances, in her birthday parade.

  • Doug Skalak, Charlie Skalak,

    First graders Doug and Charlie Skalak wish their friend, Ariana Staller, a happy 7th birthday during her celebratory parade.

  • Lauren Buck, Katie Buck, Caroline Buck,
  • Lauren Ladwig, Annalise Ladwig, Noah Ladwig, Luke Ladwig,
  • Evelyn Forque
  • Hailey Sutin, Evelyn Forque, Kinley DeArman, Sydney Pasternak,
  • Ava Hill, Pierson Hill, Isabella Mansueto,
  • Casper Berry
  • Reagan Gabel,
  • Chloe King, Jack King,
  • Lauren Buck, Katie Buck, Caroline Buck,
  • Sarah Ann Powell
  • Ariana Staller
  • Doug Skalak, Charlie Skalak,

The global pandemic didn’t stop birthdays, and Buzz-area families took to the streets to wish friends and family well on their special days. It’s the new trend in celebrating, social-distance style: drive-by birthday parades.  

You may have seen one in your own neighborhood. They are hard to miss as a line of festively-decorated cars drives past a home, with one very excited birthday child in the front yard. Balloons, streamers and handmade posters are staples for car décor, and some people get more elaborate with things like confetti eggs, water balloons and silly string. At some parades, the drive-by guests toss small gifts or candy out the window as they pass the guest of honor. 

“Both my kids celebrated quarantine birthdays,” said Theresa Orsburn. “I got surprisingly emotional because it was so sweet that people took the time to make their birthdays special.” Oliver Orsburn recently celebrated his eighth birthday. Theresa lured him out to the front yard where a line of cars was waiting to surprise him. Friends hung out of the windows to shout “happy birthday” while parents honked the horn as they drove by. “He was so happy and just kept running back and forth in our yard, between the cars, acting like a crazy kid,” Theresa said. 

The general routine for drive-by birthday parades is for guests to cruise past the home of the birthday boy or girl, but Sarah Ann Powell’s parade was done in reverse. Her mom, Katherine, drove Sarah Ann around to her friends’ homes where they were each waiting in their own front yards. The birthday girl was the one hanging out the window to receive the well wishes. 

Kids aren’t the only ones enjoying the fun. St. Thomas More’s coach Michael Mouton enjoyed his own birthday parade with some of his biggest fans. The track and volleyball coach is somewhat of a campus celebrity with a larger-than-life personality, and parents organized a parade to commemorate his birthday. After parents spread the word through social media, kids arrived by car, bike and scooter to wish their beloved coach a happy birthday. 

As with most things during this uncertain time, birthday celebrations have to adapt within the situation we’re all living. The logistics are unusual, but the love and support from family and friends is still the same. A birthday party on-the-go is a pretty good solution. 

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Lauren Buck, Katie Buck, Caroline Buck,

Armed with balloons and streamers, Lauren and Katie Buck, 9, and sister, Caroline, 7, participated in their friend Brynn Carr’s 7th birthday festivities. 

Lauren Ladwig, Annalise Ladwig, Noah Ladwig, Luke Ladwig,

Riding in the back of a truck is the perfect way to cruise by in a birthday parade. Lauren, Annalise, Noah and Luke Ladwig (from left) celebrated Hailey Falk’s 11th birthday.

Evelyn Forque

Evelyn Forque takes a ride to wish a Laney Ripper a happy birthday during one of the many birthday parades taking place during the stay at home order.

Hailey Sutin, Evelyn Forque, Kinley DeArman, Sydney Pasternak,

Friends from Condit Elementary, Hailey Sutin, Evelyn Forque, Kinley DeArman, and Sydney Pasternak (from left) celebrate by giving social-distancing hugs for Evelyn’s 8th birthday.

Ava Hill, Pierson Hill, Isabella Mansueto,

Twins Ava and Pierson Hill (from left) wore festive crowns to celebrate their 6th birthdays, and loved having their friend Isabella Mansueto join the fun. 

Casper Berry

Casper Berry, 10, participated in Coach Michael Mouton’s birthday parade, along with lots of other students from St. Thomas More.

Reagan Gabel,

Happy birthday to Coach Michael Mouton! Reagan Gabel, 14, is popping out of the sunroof and ready to celebrate the beloved coach’s birthday. 

Chloe King, Jack King,

No party is complete without noisemakers. Chloe and Jack King (from left) rolled down the windows and blasted birthday boy Oliver Orsburn with some loud party noise.

Lauren Buck, Katie Buck, Caroline Buck,

The Buck sisters, Lauren, Katie and Caroline, emerged from their minivan’s windows and sunroof to wish Oliver Orsburn a happy 8th birthday. 

Sarah Ann Powell

Reverse birthday parade! Birthday girl Sarah Ann Powell, with her dog at her side, was driven around by mom, Katherine, to be feted at her friends’ homes. 

Ariana Staller

Ariana Staller gets a big surprise with a giant balloon display to celebrate her 7th birthday, along with all of her friends coming by, at safe distances, in her birthday parade.

Doug Skalak, Charlie Skalak,

First graders Doug and Charlie Skalak wish their friend, Ariana Staller, a happy 7th birthday during her celebratory parade.

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