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A Pandemic Birthday Party Parade 

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A generous neighbor lent his boat to bolster the day's nautical theme. (Courtesy Mayelle Nguyen)
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Mayelle Nguyen’s son Mason turned five years old on April 16.

She held out until the last minute before canceling his pirate-themed birthday party and instead planned a parade outside their West Covina home.

A neighbor lent his boat as a life-sized pirate prop for the day, and Mason donned a black hat with the skull-and-crossbones to greet friends and family.

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“We honestly were only expecting like maybe 10 cars, but it ended up being more like 30 to 40 cars,” Mayelle said.

The consensus between Mason and his two sisters? Best birthday party ever.

“Now they all want a parade for their parties,” Mayelle said.

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