Brookings-Harbor residents are invited to line downtown streets to celebrate the high school’s graduating seniors during a parade scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, the night before Saturday’s graduation ceremony.
“With COVID-19 impacting so many senior activities we wanted to lift up the students’ hard work and tenacity for getting through such a difficult year,” said parade organizer Jacque Graves.
Graves worked closely with other parents and the city of Brookings, especially its first responders. Police Officer Rob Johnson was instrumental in developing the route, working out safety details and communicating with Oregon Department of Transportation, she said. The Brookings Police Department, Brookings Fire and Rescue and Harbor Fire will also participate in the event.
The “BHHS Class of 2021 Senior Parade” will stage at Elmer Bankus Field parking lot next to the football field at 6:30 p.m. Students and parents are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and must remain inside their vehicles. No walking is allowed.
The tentative parade route is a large loop with the students leaving the football field and going past the schools on Easy Street and Pioneer Road, left on Oak Street, right on Railroad Avenue, right on Fifth Street and right on Easy Street.
Graves said the best spots for spectators to cheer on the students are on streets next to the high school and Kalmiopsis Elementary School, the corners of Oak and Pacific, Chetco and Oak, Chetco and Fifth Street and Fifth and Easy.