A final celebration during lockdown
Pearsall High School’s class of 2020 will meet Friday, May 22 for a parade along Oak Street.
The event comes nearly three months after the students were sent home to finish their school year during a shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The parade will begin at Carter Street on the south end of town and end at CR 2013, commonly known as Fields Road, on the north side of town.
Seniors will begin lining up at 6 p.m.; the parade will begin at 6:30. Although the parade is an attempt to allow seniors a way to celebrate, school officials are reminding participants to use social-distancing rules.
According to the district, only one student is allowed per vehicle; only standard-sized vehicles are allowed; no animals; and all county, state and local social distancing rules apply.
There are 156 PHS seniors and organizers are anticipating around 163 vehicles in the parade.
“We want to stress that we are starting it all the way at Carter Street specifically so that there will be enough spots to park while keeping social distancing,” Pearsall Police Chief Peter Salinas said.
Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles, but no items may be thrown from cars.
Pearsall’s graduation was slated to be held on Friday, May 22; the ceremony is now scheduled for Saturday, June 12, with a limitation set on spectators.