Joy filled the air on Main Street in downtown Littleton June 6, as the Littleton High School class of 2020 held one of the year's precious few parades. Graduates riding atop decorated cars, many …
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Joy filled the air on Main Street in downtown Littleton June 6, as the Littleton High School class of 2020 held one of the year's precious few parades.
Graduates riding atop decorated cars, many wearing goofy costumes and all wearing big grins, rolled past legions of parents and teachers wiggling purple pool noodles.
Though the graduates will officially pick up their diplomas in small groups at a later date, the parade was a welcome celebration for a class that was robbed of many of its senior year traditions by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a monumental moment,” said Eden Tripp, 15, who cheered for her older sister Ellery in the parade. “She's been feeling pretty down. There was no prom for her class. So many people haven't seen each other in months. Today she gets to see everyone who has her back.”
Littleton High School Principal Amy Oaks pumped her fists in the air as the gradates rolled past, dressed in her traditional cap and gown.
“I'm just so proud of our kids, and so proud of the community that made this come together,” Oaks said. “These students worked toward this moment in their lives for so long, and they've put up with so much recently. Today is a wonderful day for them and for us.”
Graduate Carver Gray called the moment bittersweet.
“This wasn't how we expected things to be, but watching everyone cheering us on, especially the teachers, it hit me how many people helped us get to this point,” Gray said. “Now we start looking to the future.”
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