Birthday parades connect communities

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Streamers, balloons, tinsel and signs decorate the vehicles as they slowly drive past the homes of the birthday celebrators in Lake Elsinore. Valley News/Courtesy photo
In a delightful paradox, “isolation” has actually proven to be the catalyst in connecting communities through celebration. While we can no longer gather together in person, the spirit of celebration is alive and well – and growing. Local communities such as Canyon Hills, Tuscany Hills and Lake Elsinore have stepped up, sharing in each other’s joyous occasions and most especially bringing cheer to those with birthdays in the local neighborhoods during this time of “no parties.” What started as small groups of friends has burgeoned into quite a spectacle. With noise makers, horns honking, “happy birthday” songs and greetings streaming out of car windows, the organized parades of well-wishers is something to behold. Streamers, balloons, tinsel and signs decorate the vehicl
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