Mandurah's isolation celebrations: Drive-by birthday party parades become new trend during COVID-19

In 1964, Bob Dylan sang The Times They Are a-Changin'.

In 2020, amid the outbreak of COVID-19, that could not be more true.

And now, even the ways we celebrate milestones are changing too.

With all non-essential travel and gatherings banned, and strict social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, celebrations of all kinds have been postponed indefinitely.

But for those with a birthday in the middle of this pandemic, a new trend is sweeping the globe and replacing the usual customs.

Drive-by birthday party parades involve a stream of cars driving past the person's home to celebrate - social distance style.

After being shared on social media, the trend has taken off all over the world, including throughout the Peel region.

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Noel Beresi, who has lived in Falcon for more than 50 years, had a birthday to remember when he was treated to a drive-by party parade last weekend.

Noel's eldest daughter, Jackie Suckling, and her husband organised the surprise for Noel's 90th birthday on April 11.

Family and friends decorated their cars with streamers and balloons and drove by Noel's house tooting and shouting.

Ms Suckling said her dad was "rather embarrassed".

"It went down really well," she told the Mandurah Mail.

"My sisters Marilyn and Deborah were unable to travel from Kondinin in the Wheatbelt due to the restrictions in place but his two nephews and wives were there to wish him a very happy birthday.

"Dad served in the Korean war and loves fishing and still tows his caravan to Augusta."

If you have celebrated a birthday with a drive-by party parade, we'd love to hear about it. Send an email about the celebration and a photo to k.meerton@mandurahmail.com.au.