ParadeRoute

The parade route for the May 29 to celebrate Marysville and Tulalip graduating seniors.

The event is being organized by parents and school staff and is meant to celebrate graduating 

Marysville graduating seniors will be riding in a car parade through Marysville and Tulalip to celebrate their commencement on May 29 this year.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will start at Marysville-Pilchuck High School then go to Marysville Getchell High School and finally to Legacy High School and Heritage High School.

More information about the event is at facebook.com/MSVL2020seniorParade.

Local parent Rachel Loertscher is one of the organizers along with local teachers and school administrators, although none are acting in an official capacity representing the school district.

"It's a group that decided to just get together and do this," said Loertscher.

"We do have the backing of the schools and all the school principals though," she said.

Staging begins at the M-PHS parking lot at 5:45 p.m.

"It's an all city, all high school, parade," she said.

After the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of graduation for this year's seniors Loertscher and others hoped to provide an event to allow some celebration.

"Everybody feels bad that they're not going to have a big graduation and that they're missing their parties as well," she said.

"So we thought, this is what we can do."

There's been a lot of enthusiasm and support for the idea so far, she said.

"By the end of the first day we already had 100 people sign up for our Facebook page," said Loertscher.

"Someone suggested buying a rose for each graduating senior and by the end of 24 hours we had raised enough money for that," she said.

The community has been supportive in other ways as well. Costco is providing water and the Grove Church is providing volunteers and some event supplies to help facilitate.

"We did have some feedback from the police," who are telling seniors not to ride in pick-up truck beds or standing up outside windows, said Loertscher.

They are also receiving direction that the seniors shouldn't be the ones driving during the parade.

"The seniors will be in the parade, although they're not allowed to drive," because they don't want distracted drivers on the road, said Loertscher.

The group has gathered volunteers who will drive seniors that want to be in the parade but don't have access to rides as well.

Community members are encouraged to come out along the parade route for graduating seniors as well.

"We would love to have as much support as possible," said Loertscher, who said that those coming out should still observe social distancing.

More information about the event is available on the organizer's Facebook page at facebook.com/MSVL2020seniorParade.

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