Hannibal Courier-Post

Boy gets birthday parade

Aleczander Douse, 5, center, gets some help waving from family friend Penny Caswell, left, and his mother Amber Douse to a parade of cars from neighbors and friends for his fifth birthday along Ledbetter Lane in Hannibal, Mo., on Monday, May. 18, 2020. The parade also included a squad car from the Hannibal Police Department and a Marion County Ambulance. Douse gave out cookies to the parade participants.
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By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: May. 20, 2020 10:07 am

HANNIBAL | A 5-year-old Hannibal boy got to see his street turn into a parade route in celebration of his birthday onMonday, with surprise guests along with family and friends.

Emergency personnel with the Hannibal Police Department and Marion County Ambulance District led the vehicles by Aleczander Douse's home, as he stood by a gold “5” balloon and sign, jumpingup and down saying “It's my birthday!”

His grandmother, Nadine Willing, organized the celebration with Aleczander's mother, Amber Douse, who is currently a student at Blessing School of Nursing, said an EMT student who was in the room when Aleczander was born reached out to fellow paramedics with the Marion County Ambulance District to join the parade.

'We work in nursing anyway, so they decided to join us,” Douse said.

She worked with her mother to arrange something special to celebrate Aleczander's big day, making sure to avoid a large crowd while still finding a way to make the event unique.

The parade was filled with colorful signs and flying Silly String as Aleczander waved to everyone who came by. The Hannibal Police officer and Marion County Ambulance District personnel shared happy birthday wishes over their PA systems amid flashing lights. Balloons and the whir of noisemakers announced each vehicle as they slowly passed by to wave and say happy birthday Aleczander excitedly handed out chocolate chip cookies to a small group of family and friends in front of his home. He took a peek inside gift bags on the front lawn, taking out new toys like Spiderman figures and a Play-Doh set he was eager to open up and start playing with. He said getting the new gifts was his favorite part, and he loved watching the parade in his honor.

“It made me feel awesome,” Aleczander said.