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Seniors on parade
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Kayda Pinegar waves from inside a graduation cap while participating in last year’s senior parade. This year’s parade is set for this coming Sunday, May 23.

With high school graduation approaching, it’s time for a parade.

The Class of 2021 senior car parade will take place Sunday, May 23. Vehicles will start lining up at 1 p.m. at the Warren County High School student parking lot, and the parade will begin at 2 p.m.

Said organizer Tanarra Grissom, “We did a Sunday because everybody’s so busy on Saturday and during the week, and then of course graduation is that coming Friday night, May 28, and a lot of kids are going to do Project Graduation and then leave for their senior trip. So we thought we needed to get it done before graduation.”

The parade will start at the high school and travel down Morrison Street, go through downtown on Main Street, and end at Pioneer Pediatrics, where Main Street and Sparta Street intersect.

Cash prizes will be given to the seven best decorated vehicles. Candy and other objects are prohibited from being thrown from automobiles. Furthermore, no floats, trailers, or motorcycles will be allowed, and persons will not be allowed to ride or stand in the beds of trucks.

The event, which is in its second annual iteration, is sponsored by the 2021 Project Graduation board. It is a way to celebrate high school seniors and their accomplishments, and to send those graduating seniors off in style.

Grissom estimates there were about 100 cars in last year’s inaugural senior parade, and she is hoping for a good turnout again this year.

Grissom expects seniors will be well-behaved and will not engage in the throwing of candy or other objects. “I think that rule will be followed. That’s been the rule for most Christmas parades and other parades in Warren County for a few years, so I think it’ll be fine,” she says.

She hopes graduating seniors decorate their cars in a thorough and creative fashion, and she has fond memories of last year’s parade of cars, which were festooned with personal protective equipment and personal hygiene accoutrements.

“There were a lot of cars with a mask on the grill, a lot of toilet paper,” Grissom recalls. She also remembers lots of balloons, some loud music, and some beach themes on display.

“I think the kids had such a good time last year that the kids this year wanted to kind of continue that tradition,” Grissom said. “And then we just had some parents and students ask about the parade.”

Grissom invites the public “to come and cheer on the seniors along the parade route.”