By Audra Streetman

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Arvada man celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday night with a car parade and dance party. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Roland Blanscet would celebrate his birthday each year at the Grizzly Rose, where he has been known to dance 20,000 steps on his pedometer. 

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Friends and family said Blanscet would stop by the country bar and dancehall several nights a week.

Roland’s 89th birthday celebration in 2019 at the Grizzly Rose. (credit: family)

On Friday night, Roland showed off some of his dance moves in his driveway, including the Colorado Cowboy Cha Cha.

“There are a lot of people here I haven’t seen in 7 to 8 months,” Roland told CBS4. “I appreciate this, it brings tears to my eyes. I’m thankful to have these guys surprise me like this.”

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Since the pandemic started, Roland has gone on several walks around his neighborhood. Family members said he occasionally meets a few ladies at a local playground for country line dancing and a socially distanced waltz.

Roland Blanscet (credit: family)

Friday night was a chance for Blanscet to see loved ones and celebrate his birthday the best way he knows how, with country music and a dance floor.

Audra Streetman


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