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With traditional graduation ceremonies and senior proms canceled due to the statewide COVID-19 shutdown, Southern Nash High School has planned a senior car parade.
Seniors are encouraged to decorate their cars and meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the school.
At 1 p.m., Nash County sheriff’s deputies will lead the caravan along the designated route that will take students through Bailey, Middlesex and Spring Hope.
School officials are asking residents along the route to celebrate graduating seniors with signs, balloons, banners and other congratulatory displays.
In Bailey, the parade will follow Oak Avenue, Deans Street, Nash Street, Main Street and Sanford Street, then return to Deans Street toward Middlesex.
In Middlesex, the parade will follow East Finch Avenue and North Nash Street.
In Spring Hope, the parade will follow East Nash Street, circle past Food Lion and head back out of town along N.C. 581.
School officials are reminding participating seniors of the following rules:
• Safety is No. 1. Drive carefully and follow the directions of law enforcement and school officials. School officials expect a lot of traffic.
• Keep Firebird pride and core values in mind when decorating cars and behavior during the parade.
• One car per graduating senior.
• Each senior should only have members of his or her household in the car to ensure the school is complying with public health policies related to COVID-19.
• When meeting at the school to begin and end the parade, everyone must remain in their vehicles at all times.
• The parade route is estimated to take more than an hour to complete and traffic will be heavy. Plan accordingly.
• Share the event with others. School officials would love to see people cheering seniors on from their homes and businesses as they pass. Non-drivers can take photos and share with the tag #FirebirdSeniorParade2020.