SLIDESHOW: Hope graduates celebrated in drive-by community parade

Hope secondary graduating class of 2021 on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Hope secondary graduating class of 2021 on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
A woman popped through a sunroof as part of the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)A woman popped through a sunroof as part of the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
A man jumped out of his car and delivered a bouquet to his unsuspecting niece at the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)A man jumped out of his car and delivered a bouquet to his unsuspecting niece at the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Cars had messages, balloon and other decorations as they drove slowly past the Hope secondary graduating class of 2021 on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Cars had messages, balloon and other decorations as they drove slowly past the Hope secondary graduating class of 2021 on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The day started with wind but ended with a sunny break as graduates from Hope secondary gathered for a celebration on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The day started with wind but ended with a sunny break as graduates from Hope secondary gathered for a celebration on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
One group of supporter loaded into a decorated trailer to take part in the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)One group of supporter loaded into a decorated trailer to take part in the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
One group of supporter loaded into a decorated trailer to take part in the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)One group of supporter loaded into a decorated trailer to take part in the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Friends share a laugh at the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Friends share a laugh at the graduation parade at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)The graduation celebration at Hope secondary on June 5, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

The graduates of 2021 were celebrated at Hope secondary school with a community parade.

The grads lined up along the sidewalk by their school, in blue and yellow caps and gowns, and greeted hundreds of well wishers as they slowly passed by in cars, on bicycles and on foot. They honked horns at the grads, shouted well wishes, revved engines, and even jumped out of their vehicles to quickly pass off bouquets and cards.

This is the second year that HSS celebrated their graduates with a parade, in order to have a community event but also follow COVID-19 protocols. One group of well-wishers loaded into a decorated trailer to take part. Others decorated their vehicles with balloons, messages, and even bubbles.

The weather cooperated with the timing of the event. While the wind blew as they set up for the parade, it settled down and the sun even came out.

After the parade, the grads gathered in the school field on pre-marked dots, making the number 21 as visible by drone.

On the count of three, they all threw their caps in the air before breaking off for photos with their families and friends. Individual ceremonies with their guests were to take place in the afternoon.

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