There is a new route this year for the 2016 Dry Grad Parade taking place Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m.

There is a new route this year for the 2016 Dry Grad Parade taking place Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m.

2016 graduates celebrate this weekend

A total of 217 Lake City Secondary School students will graduate this Saturday.

A total of 217 Lake City Secondary School students will graduate this Saturday but graduates from both private and public schools in the Williams Lake area will be participating  in the annual Dry Grad 2016 parade and party that will mark the occasion.

The days begins for LCSS students at  9:30 a.m. with their formal graduation ceremonies taking place in the large arena at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, says events co-ordinator Marilyn Strohschein.

There are 217 LCSS students scheduled to cross the podium to receive their Dogwood certificates.

Awards are  announced and presented as each student receives their certificate. The LCSS valedictorian this year is Skye Forcier.

The Dry Grad Parade starts at 6 p.m. and will follow a different route from other years, Strohschein says.

Instead of passing in front of the Cariboo Memorial Complex as in past years, the parade will proceed directly to the back of the complex from the Seventh Avenue turn on Borland Street, Strohschein notes.

Parade entries will form along Second Avenue, joining the parade lineup from Mackenzie Avenue to Second Avenue via Rose Street.

The parade route runs south on Second Avenue; left on Borland Street; left on Third Avenue; right on Proctor Street; right on Fourth Avenue; left on Borland Street; then left on Seventh Avenue turning in to the back parking lot of the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Graduates and their dates or special guests will have two hours to show their parents and families around the small arena which will be decorated for the prom in an Enchanted Forest theme.

Each graduate receives two passes for family and friends to visit between 7 and 9 p.m. when the complex will be closed for a night of fun just for the graduates and their guests.

“From delicate butterfly wings, mysterious waters, and mythical creatures beneath arches of green trees and twinkling fairy light the grads will discover an enchanted forest full of wonder,” says decorating team leader Cassandra Paterson.

“Quaint fairy tales, evil witches and the magnificence of Arthurian legend — all is awaiting them for the this exciting event.”

The evening includes a formal prom, an early evening buffet dinner, two shows with hypnotist, Colin Christopher and a mystery tour and various games.

At 4 a.m. grads who have hung in there all night will be eligible to have their names put in a draw to win big prizes.

Every grad will also go home with a gift, Strohschein says.

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