ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If your birthday happens once every four years, you learn to make the most of it. Just ask the leap year babies among us who will be celebrating big this Feb. 29.
Lauren Stewart-Brunelle, whose daughter Jadah Emily Brunelle is turning 8 – or 2 in leap years – says all the other years are “pretend birthdays” celebrated on Feb. 28 and March 1 with balloons and scavenger hunts but mostly immediate family.
But for her daughter’s first “real” birthday in 2008, “we just made it a little bigger and better,” she says. This year, for her second official birthday, Jadah is choosing between roller skating or a party with rides and games at iT’Z, or maybe even both.
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For information on the Worldwide Leap Year Festival see www.leapyearcapital.com.
This year, people born on Feb. 29 will also celebrate big in southern New Mexico at the annual World Wide Leap Year Festival. Every four years, the twin towns of Anthony, N.M., and Anthony, Texas, mark Feb. 29 with a party first conceived of by resident Mary Ann Brown, who is turning 80 – 20 in leap years – this year.