On Sunday, May 31, Highlanders of the neighborhood at Silkwood and Havenwood lanes gathered in their cars to parade pass the homes of several graduating seniors to congratulate and celebrate their accomplishments at a time when traditional ceremonies have been canceled due to coronavirus stay-at-home orders.

According to Rosie Bautista, who helped organize the event and whose son Jason is graduating from Citrus Valley High School, nearly 50 cars participated in the parade. The parade included friends, family, classic cars and firefighters in their fire engine. Many of the cars were decorated and participants held signs and shouted congratulations to the graduates who were waving from their front yards.

“This was awesome,” said Ricky Powers who is graduating from Citrus Valley. “I didn’t expect this. I know things didn’t go as planned, but this is something special that no other class is going to get.”

The parade rendezvoused at nearby Cram Elementary then looped through Aplin Street, Southwood, Silkwood, Havenwood and Westwood multiple times.

Paul and Cathy Wegner won the Graduates’ Choice Award with their red and yellow custom 1947 Ford pickup. The award included the rolls of toilet paper and a large container of Clorox wipes.

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