Details have been finalized for a parade this Saturday that will highlight Warren County High School’s graduating seniors.
The parade, being called 2020 Senior Showcase, will be held Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. WCHS seniors will travel a set route while the public is encouraged to line the roads and cheer for them.
“Due to social distancing, graduation attendance is limited to four family members of the graduate this year,” said parade organizer Brent Keeton. “However, the Project Graduation board still wanted to give the community a safe opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2020 and all of their accomplishments.”
The parade will line up at Warren County High School, travel down Morrison Street through Westwood, and continue downtown, ending at the intersection of Main and Sparta streets. The longer route encourages attendees to social distance by giving them more space, so congregating in large groups is not necessary and heavily discouraged.
“We are immensely appreciative of the community and countless businesses showing support from their comments, offering to lend a helping hand, to even purchasing gifts for the new graduates,” said Keeton. “City officials and Project Graduation board members alike hope this celebratory parade becomes a new tradition for years to come.”
Two senior are allowed per vehicle due to social distancing. All participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicle.
“We want to highlight their creativity and uniqueness by giving prizes to some of the best decorated,” said Keeton.
McMinnville Police Department will be watching over the parade to safeguard the procession.
“There will be some traffic delays in the downtown area and on Morrison Street during the parade and we ask motorists to be patient,” said Police Chief Bryan Denton. “Additionally, we are urging parade spectators to practice safe social distancing.”
Parade lineup begins at 1:15 p.m. at Warren County High School. Seniors are asked to enter the parking lot through the Pioneer Lane entrance. At 2 p.m., seniors will exit the school parking lot onto Vervilla Road and then proceed onto Morrison Street to downtown McMinnville.
All participating seniors must pre-register by going onto their Warren County Schools email account and filling out a mandatory intent to participate form.