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Class Of 2020 Rolls Through Town In Celebratory Parade



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Newtown High School Class of 2020 graduates waved from cars that drove through town on July 8 for a senior car parade, held as part of this year’s graduation ceremonies.

The car parade began at NHS just before 10 am, with cars lining up to follow a police car and an All-Star Transportation bus onto Berkshire Road, up Wasserman Way and then up Main Street. The parade was held in three waves, with cars lining up again at NHS at 10:30 am and 11 am to follow the route. The cars dispersed at the flag pole.

NHS administrators and staff were on hand to help drivers line up their cars. They also handed out flags to hook onto cars that read, “Newtown High School Class of 2020.”

Scroll through more pictures from the event in The Newtown Bee's online photo gallery by clicking here.

After returning to NHS following the first wave of the car parade, Principal Dr Kimberly Longobucco said she spotted the entire high school math department outside Reed Intermediate School, cheering for the graduates. She and Newtown Police Department Security Resource Officer Richard Monckton both said they observed others along the route, as well. Officer Monckton said he saw town employees in one location.

As previously reported in The Newtown Bee, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the typical graduation ceremony at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury was replaced with seniors graduating over the course of multiple days in mid-June, to allow for spacing and safety, on a stage set up at NHS. The senior car parade was originally scheduled for June 15, and it was rescheduled after the governor announced allowance of graduation activities after July 6. At the time, Dr Longobucco said the car parade was rescheduled to allow people to gather more safely along the parade route as “we truly want this to be a town event that people can come outside and enjoy.”

Near the end of the parade route, Board of Education member John Vouros, who is also the innkeeper at the Dana Holcombe House on Main Street, was outside with a group of others celebrating the graduates. He noted the event was “filled with happiness,” “lots of honking,” and “lots of waving.” He spotted many decorated cars, people gathered along the street, and “smiles everywhere.” Even large trucks and cars traveling south on Main Street responded to the car parade by honking and waving at the graduates, he said.

And as the cars full of graduates, their families, friends, and sometimes, pets, drove through town, the “Class of 2020” flags rippled in the wind.

NHS Class of 2020 graduate Grace O’Connell’s father Terry drove the pair in the July 8 car parade.—Bee Photo, Hallabeck
A student smiles in a car decorated with the words “Congrats Gracie” in the NHS Class of 2020 car parade on July 8.—Bee Photo, Voket
There was cheer aplenty along the parade route on July 8.—Bee Photo, Voket
NHS 2020 graduate Milan Chand waves from the top of a car as it drives out of the high school’s parking lot for the July 8 parade. —Bee Photo, Hallabeck
The Suba family has its blue and gold spirit on full display at the July 8 parade. Graduate Mason, back left, was accompanied by younger sister Scarlett, mom Rae, and dad Mike.—Bee Photo, Hallabeck
NHS 2020 graduate Virginia Hepp smiles at the start of the third wave of the NHS car parade on July 8. —Bee Photo, Hallabeck
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