Not even a little rain could dampen spirits at the 2020 LVR Cavalcade
After all the high school graduates at L.V. Rogers had to endure due to COVID-19 pandemic, just before the 2020 Cavalcade started, rain began pouring down from the sky.
However, even the inclement weather could not dampen the spirits of the 2020 L.V. Rogers graduating class as smiles, laughter and joy highlighted the annual parade through the Heritage City Saturday afternoon before a large crowd of cheering spectators.
The Cavalcade was one of the many events on the graduation calendar COVID-19 could not postpone.
Thanks to a collaboration between parents, Kootenay Lake School District and the City of Nelson, along with assistance of Nelson Police and Nelson Fire Rescue, the Cavalcade was held.
The event started at L.V. Rogers High Schools where participants and drivers, practicing social distancing, organized in the three parking lots surrounding the Fairview-based school.
The Cavalcade, led by NPD Constable and LVR Grad Lauren Mirva, paraded along Douglas Road from the high school into the downtown core where many people lined streets to get a glimpse of the grads, most taking cover under umbrellas.
The Cathedral of Mary Immaculate in Nelson helped out by sounding the church bell at the start of the parade at 4 p.m.
The shortened-version of the LVR grad weekend began Friday with a unique recording of commencement ceremony, with each graduate’s name called virtually to receive their diploma and then a special ‘Say Something’ curated by the students themselves will be read aloud.
The ceremony will be video recorded and released at the end of June to students and families.
Umbrellas were a necessity during the 2020 L.V. Rogers High School Cavalcade through the streets of Nelson to salute the Grads.
The Cavalcade started at L.V. Rogers High School due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before cruising along Douglas Road toward the downtown.
Even the convertable operators needed umbrellas on this day.
The 2020 LVR Grads were all smiles on this day, inspite of the weather.
Spectators, each doing their best to practice social distancing, saluted the 2020 Grads with waves and smiles.