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A Texas boy whose mother and father both died from COVID-19 celebrated his fifth birthday with a drive-by parade that featured fire trucks, dinosaurs and even Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The parade in San Antonio, Texas, took place Saturday, nearly one week after Raiden Gonzalez’s birthday on Nov. 22, his first birthday without his parents by his side.
“Everyone, including Raiden, was just overwhelmed with joy,” Margie Bryant, Raiden’s great aunt, told “Good Morning America.” “We were overwhelmed with the response from the community.”
Raiden, an only child, lost both of his parents, Adan and Mariah, over a span of around 100 days due to COVID-19.
The family planned a small birthday parade to help Raiden celebrate his birthday, but it quickly grew into a community event, with the San Antonio fire and police departments joining in. The parade lasted one hour, and it was the only hour of the day Saturday that it was not raining in San Antonio, according to Bryant.