Isle Gay stepped out onto her porch to see her loved ones had thrown her a Lady Gaga parade for her 89th birthday. (Screen captures via Twitter)
The cars lined the road outside the quiet residential street in Albuquerque, New Mexico, blasting “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.
Children wearing studded eye-masks, feather boas and tin-foil hats stepped out of the vehicles to wish Isle Gay a happy 89th birthday, as parents hovered around in cloth face masks cautiously keeping their distance and videoing on their mobiles.
But when the coronavirus happened – cratering the economy and crashing into normality – the concert was cancelled. Devastated, Gay’s family got together to throw a Gaga-themed parade for the “super fan”.
Ilse Gay was supposed to go see @ladygaga in Las Vegas for her birthday, but the show was unfortunately cancelled. For her 89th birthday, friends surprised her with a Lady Gaga parade! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GIWIyQ7JYk
— Gaga Media 💗 (@GagaMediaDotNet) April 30, 2020
Grandma Lady Gaga stan had big plans for her birthday. Then the coronavirus happened.
“I want to go see Lady Gaga in Vegas,” she told the outlet on what her dream plans were for her 89th birthday.
She described how, from Gaga’s first album to belting the woozy jazz songs of Tony Bennett, Gay has valiantly followed her idol for years.
“I saw her in A Star is Born and I thought she blew it out of the park, so that’s why I wanted to go see her,” she said.
Paying the $1,000 for two plush seats to Gaga’s show at the MGM Plaza, she could never have anticipated a global, viral pandemic to rampage her birthday plans.
“We got our plane tickets and our room reservations and then COVID-19 came up, so that was the end of that,” Gay said.
That’s when her friends and family got together with a plan to throw her a Gaga-themed birthday bash to remember.
“We were going have Lady Gaga try to FaceTime or Zoom her but she didn’t respond to us,” explained Claire Cavanaugh.
Cue Gay stepping onto the pavement on the big gay. The street once emptied out by social distancing was now heaving with loved ones.
Gay’s jaw dropped as twirled around to see her children and grandkids in theatrical home-made outfits, cars laced with tinsel curtains and a sprawling sign reading: “Happy 89th, you fabulous girl!”
“Never dreamed I would have all this joy, love,” Gay added, “never dreamed of it.”