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Parade route approved

Parksville city council approved the Ballenas Secondary Dry Grad parade route and street closures for June 28.

Grad president Rebeka Thompson, vice president Nicole Weismiller and parent committee chair Sue Street presented to council asking for the required public event approval.

They are estimating the grad class of about 225 students will be in 100-150 vehicles in a parade lasting about 90 minutes, following the successful route of the last few years.

"Although there were safety and traffic concerns regarding the parade two years ago, enhanced security and traffic procedures put in place allowed last year's event to proceed without incident," states the staff report on the item. "There is every reason to believe this year's event will be run as safely and successfully as least year's graduation prom parade."

The parade will start around 5 p.m. at Springwood Middle School, head down Moilliet Street and along Morrison Avenue to a big red-carpet arrival at the high school.

Carrie Powell Davidson excused herself from the discussion, "Because I am on the committee for the Dry Grad 2013, I'm going to excuse myself for a conflict of interest."

The rest of council unanimously supported the motion.

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