The 2019 Ballenas grad parade will take place June 29 starting at the Springwood Elementary School at 5 p.m. — File photo

Ballenas grads to stage Vegas-themed prom parade

Residents invited to watch event on June 29

The Parksville community can congratulate the 2019 Ballenas Secondary School graduates as they are set to hold their prom parade on Saturday, June 29.

The grads in their finest outfits will be riding in different vehicles from cars to trucks, as well as nicely adorned floats on that day.

The parade starts at 5 p.m. at Springwood Elementary School and will head down to the Parksville Community and Conference Centre where their dry grad party celebrations will be held. Residents who want to watch, congratulate and wave to the graduates can line up along Despard Avenue, Molliet Street, Jensen Avenue West, McMillan Street by the Parksville Fire Department, cross Alberni Highway to Jensen Avenue East, turn on Craig Street and end up at the PCCC for a red carpet reception.

The theme for this year’s prom is “Vegas.” According to Richard Reedel, one of the organizers of the prom parade, party starts at 6 p.m. and will last until 2 a.m.

“The idea of a dry grad is to keep the students safe and allow them a big party to celebrate their years at school,” said Reedel. “They will have fun and games all night to keep them busy. They will have a nice banquet dinner and additional snacks throughout the night, and entertainment.”

You can also catch up with the grads at the Parksville Community Park gazebo at 2 p.m., where they will have the traditional group picture taken.

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