Despite hail and tornado warnings covering the map of Colorado on Saturday, May 15, the Lyons High School Graduates Caravan ride through the town of Lyons went off without a drop of rain! And, it was pleasant enough for the grads to wear strapless gowns and white tuxedos.
This was the second year that the seniors did a Caravan Parade Celebration. Last year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students were deprived of a “normal senior year,” and feared that they might not even get to walk across a stage, with their parents present, to get their diploma. The parade allowed them to be celebrated by multitudes of proud residents in town, as they drove by the businesses and homes.
First, students decorated their cars in the Bohn Park parking lot because the school parking lot was taken over by the construction of the new gymnasium building. Before they took off, Resource Officer Deputy Mitch Rosebrough (affectionately known as Rosie) gathered the group together to both give them warnings on safe driving and to cheer them on. The teens’ cars were escorted, front and rear, by police cars with their sirens on, and fire engines.
The route took them first through the subdivision next to the school, then across McConnell Bridge, and up to the Lyons Elementary School, where many of them started their school life. Next they went north through the neighborhood, going along Steamboat Drive, and then circling back along 5th Avenue to downtown Lyons. Then drove past Sandstone Park and ended back in front of the high school building, where the staff waved and displayed decorations.
After disembarking from their cars, the group were ready to party. They were already dressed in their gorgeous prom gowns and elegant tuxedos and suits, and they proceeded to the splendidly decorated Cafetorium and Gym for a “Night Under the Stars” theme. Due to weather the event was moved inside. Student Council and After Prom parents helped arrange for food, dancing and big prizes. The games included a casino, glow in the dark games, and green screen photos. (Prom photos in separate article)
School colors decorated every car Parents and friends gathered on streets to celebrate the Grads