Paul Gilbert Anchondo was two months old when his parents died shielding him from a shooter at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on August 3, 2019.
They wanted to remind him “he’s not by himself,” Gilbert Anchondo, the baby’s grandfather, told the news station.
“We want him to remember that everybody here in the El Paso area and our community is supporting him,” he said.
Relatives said in August the boy’s mother, Jordan Anchondo, shielded the baby with her body when she was shot and his father, Andre Anchondo, tried to protect them both.
And while it was relatives and friends who began putting together the idea for the parade, as more community members found out about it, they wanted to help as well, participants said.
Eduardo Prieto, a motorcyclist who rode in the parade, said since the boy’s parents couldn’t be there to celebrate with him on his birthday, the community wanted to make sure his first celebration was a great one.
CNN’s Sara Sidner contributed to this report.