Excitement builds to Dry Grad parade and party

Excitement is building this week as Lake City Secondary School’s 2016 graduates and families make their final preparations.

Excitement is building this week as Lake City Secondary School’s 2016 graduates and families make their final preparations for their graduation ceremonies, grad parade and dry grad party all happening on Saturday, June 11.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with the 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 this year to receive their Dogwood certificates. Awards are also announced and presented.

The Lake City Secondary valedictorian this year is Skye Forcier.

One of the highlights of their evening will be the annual Dry Grad Parade that 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.

Each graduate is permitted to bring one guest to Dry Grad.

A parent or guardian must sign a release for allowing the graduate and guest to attend and a parent or guardian is required to sign out the graduate in person at the end of the party, Strohschein says.