In a heartwarming video shared on social media, a little boy was treated to a “birthday parade” to celebrate his very first birthday! Because of social distancing, kids are having a tough time doing normal kid-stuff like playing with friends, attending school, and even celebrating birthday parties.
One family, who wanted to celebrate their child’s birthday but couldn’t because of the constraints, instead got a parade. Which we think is a pretty good consolation.
A little boy named Cam will be hearing about his ‘birthday parade’ for years to come.
My beautiful nephew who was born very prematurely a year ago, is celebrating his 1 year birthday today – and they had a “birthday parade.” I’m sobbing. pic.twitter.com/0HAbtdl1Gc— Justin Randall (@imjustinrandall) March 26, 2020
The video of the parade was shared on social media by comedian Justin Randall who is the birthday boy’s uncle. He wrote, “My beautiful nephew who was born very prematurely a year ago, is celebrating his 1 year birthday today – and they had a ‘birthday parade.’ I’m sobbing.”
The gesture is so sweet it just might move you tears. This premie baby boy beat the odds and that was reason enough to celebrate. In the video, you can see the caravan of cars with signs wishing the boy, Cam a happy birthday.
The cars are decked out in balloons and many passengers can be seen holding their homemade signs and banners. The music blaring from passing cars ranged from the birthday song to nursery rhymes. The family had decorated the driveway in colorful sidewalk chalk which give the whole event a festive feel.
Even though this baby boy might not remember the celebration, his family sure will. Passengers shared their love as they passed and Cam’s older brothers can be heard cheering in the background. There’s no doubt, this sweet event lifted everyone involved’s spirits.
Caravans and mini-parades have become a way to stay safe while also celebrating.
Earlier this month, Coco, a 15-year-old cancer survivor returned home after her final treatment and was greeted along the way by a “reverse parade.” Friends, family, and loved ones gathered on the route to Coco’s home and cheered her own as she passed by in a car with her mother.
The video went viral with over 60,000 likes online. It’s another moment that proves that communities can still support and share love from a safe distance.
A newlywed Texas couple got a big surprise after canceling their big wedding and opting for a smaller ceremony.
Jade and Houston Holmes emerged from their small backyard wedding to find a caravan of cars awaiting them. The 22-year-olds were greeted by their original wedding party as they all drove past in their cars.
The couple was delighted to see the outpouring of love and support and loved ones cheered, tossed balloons and confetti, and even pulled behind their cars mini-floats. The event made the entire day unforgettable for the young lovebirds.
From birthdays to weddings, for the good news and bad, we can still show up for our loved ones. We just have to get creative about how we do it to keep everyone healthy and safe. We might not be interacting in shared spaces anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of love and support to share. You don’t have to throw an entire parade! Send a text or make a call to check in on your friends and loved ones. Make sure they’re doing okay and that they know you value them. Do it more often than you think you should.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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