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It's happening — LVR Cavalcade set to parade 2020 Grad Class through streets of Nelson June 13th

It's been announced that the LVR Cavalcade, along with the banner on Baker Street honouring the 2020 Grad Class, will be happening despite the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. — The Nelson Daily photo

After the coronavirus pandemic pretty much destroyed traditional high school graduation celebrations everywhere, students and parents at L.V. Rogers High School decided there was one memorable celebration worth salvaging — the annual Cavalcade through the streets of Nelson.

Parents of the 2020 LVR Grad class lobbied the city, and were granted the opportunity to host this this memorable milestone by continuing the tradition of the Cavalcade around town.

“This is a wonderful way to honor the accomplishments and successes of our Grade 12 students and to wish them well in their future endeavours,” said Tricia Pujos-Michel, co-chair of the 2020 LVR Parent Grad Committee.

“Grads are encouraged to dress up, decorate their vehicle and let the community see them shine,” Pujos-Michel added.

The Cavalcade procession will begin as previously scheduled on Saturday, June 13th at 4 p.m. The route, still waiting approval from Kootenay Lake School District, will be longer than usual to afford spectators the opportunity to practice social distancing. As well the marshalling station for students, families and vehicles has also yet to be finalized.

“Following the recommendations of the provincial and local authorities, it is necessary that this be "COVID Cavalcade”,’ said Pujos-Michel, adding that citizens of Nelson not able to view the route are encouraged to bang pots and pans similar to the 7 p.m. salute to healthcare workers during the Cavalcade to support the grads.

“We are encouraging family and friends to enjoy watching the procession taking into account all of the recommended social distancing rules.”

Pujos-Michel said these rules include limiting the number of grads per vehicle to a maximum of two (2), ensuring that that their partner is indeed part of your "social circle" and that everyone does their very best to maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Pujos-Michel said a sign-up sheet has been created on the 2020 Grad Volunteer Sign Up webpage that will be ready to access next week .

“Please list your name, any grad that may be travelling with you, and the vehicle you will be driving,” she said.

“This information is not only necessary to hold the cavalcade but also is needed to give volunteers an idea of how many participants there will be.”

The LVR Parent Grad Committee looks forward to seeing all of the 2020 LVR graduates celebrate this memorable occasion.