Socially Distanced Surprise Birthday Parade

Alyssa Uhl

A surprise car parade drove by the house of Portland, Oregon, resident Natalie Day to celebrate her 21st birthday from a safe distance on April 23.

The event, organized by Day’s mother, included around 15 cars full of family members of all ages that took part in the festivities.

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To prolong the celebration, many cars took multiple laps, honking and stopping to give well-wishes. In a time of numerous cancellations, Day’s loved ones took the social distancing guidelines as a challenge and refused to let such a special day pass without proper recognition.

 

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  • Natalie Day stands outside her Portland, Oregon, home on her 21st birthday as a surprise parade of cars filled with friends and family drive by to celebrate her from a safe distance April 23. (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

  • No one was left at home, including the pets, for the surprise birthday car parade for Natalie Day on April 23. (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

  • Friends and family gather in their cars outside the house of Portland, Oregon, resident Natalie Day to celebrate her 21st birthday with a drive-by parade on April 23. (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

  • The Wilkinson children, Benjamin and Isabel, blow their horns and wave balloons as they drive by to celebrate Natalie Day’s 21st birthday April 23. (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

  • The Williams family drives by the house of Natalie Day in a fully decorated car to celebrate her on her birthday in Portland, Oregon, April 23. (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

  • Friends and family gather in their cars outside the house of Portland, Oregon, local Natalie Day to celebrate her 21st birthday with a drive-by parade April 23 (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

  • Natalie Day celebrates her 21st birthday with a surprise car parade of loved ones cheering her on from a safe distance in Portland, Oregon, April 23. (Alyssa Uhl | The Collegian)

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Alyssa Uhl can be reached at photo@collegian.com or on Instagram @alyssayool.