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Rockville Mom Throws Surprise Birthday Parade For Son

Patch logo Patch 3/30/2020 Alessia Grunberger
a birthday cake: Jennifer Derman​ didn't let the new coronavirus stop her from throwing a 13th birthday party for her son, Zachary. © Shutterstock Jennifer Derman​ didn't let the new coronavirus stop her from throwing a 13th birthday party for her son, Zachary.

ROCKVILLE, MD — The new coronavirus has brought daily life in Montgomery County to a grinding halt. But that wasn't going to stop Jennifer Derman from celebrating her son's 13th birthday.

To celebrate the big milestone, Derman decided to throw Zachary a surprise birthday parade in front of their home in Rockville.

"I had emailed family and friends just to see if they would come out of their seclusion because of the coronavirus and just drive by and honk and make a lot of noise just to surprise Zach on his birthday," Derman told WTOP.

And they did.

On Sunday, about 10 cars drove by the Derman's home with clappers and signs, WTOP reports.

"They were wearing headbands that said 'happy birthday' and they had little clappers and they were clapping them and signs and they were saying 'happy birthday,'" Zachary said.

Employees from Carmen's Italian Ice in Rockville also attended the parade and had a special birthday treat for Zachary.

"It's the little things that make you realize people are still around," Derman told WTOP.

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