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Lafayette family celebrates birthdays while practicing social distancing

Posted at 10:00 PM, Mar 29, 2020

LAFAYETTE — One Lafayette family is letting the good times roll despite a birthday party cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's not everyday you see a parade on Brentwood Boulevard, but this day is twins Vance and Cecilia's 3rd birthday.

The twins' parents had to get creative this year.

"The whole idea just came about [when] we were taking a walk. We were pulling the kids in the wagon," said Ken Atkins, the twins' father. "We thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if they had a parade?'"

Meanwhile, Vance and Cecilia's aunt was thinking the same thing and wanted to surprise her sister.

Etienna Wright recalled, "I said, 'You just ruined your surprise! You ruined your own surprise by having the same idea!'"

Wright and the twins' mother, Victoria Atkins, then started planning together.

"Then, that turned into a whole bunch of people making signs and driving by and having a good time," said Victoria. "We're just trying to make our babies have a special day even when we're home by ourselves."

It may not be your typical birthday party, but the parade brought smiles to everyone's faces.

"The way that things are right now, you can make compromises; you can adapt," said Ken. "You can still have a special day."

Wright explained that you just have to find creative ways to connect with one another since you can't physically connect with one another.

"Just kind of putting your thinking cap on of ways that you can show each other that you care, that you appreciate each other, and love one another during this unprecedented time is, I think, of the utmost importance," said Wright.

It's safe to say Cecilia and Vance thoroughly enjoyed their birthday.

"Thank you for coming!" said Vance.