Killeen: Parents host graduation parade for class of 2020

Many Killeen ISD seniors got the chance to celebrate their graduation in style. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Killeen ISD graduating class of 2020 had one of the memorable rides of their young lives as parents organized a parade for all five high schools on Saturday afternoon.

The district did not plan or conduct the event.

"It's things like this that make you feel better because there's nothing else that we have," said senior Marvin Galloway.

"I feel happy and proud to be a part of this."

The seniors got to ride along in a vehicle throughout their neighborhoods and end at Long Branch Park.

Many parents disagreed with the district's decision to hold a virtual graduation due to COVID-19. They say the parade was their way of giving the students the recognition they deserve.

Mother Thomakata Turner says agree or disagree, they wanted to do something special for their seniors.

"At the end of the day, it's about our kids," she said.

"These are memorable moments that we will never get back in time. So, any way we can celebrate our seniors, I'm all for it."

The seniors were also able to release balloons at the end of the parade. For them, the hugs and tears with their closest friends meant the most.

"It's something very special for all of us," said Senior Lexee Suarez.

"We get to see all of our friends one more time and gather all around our families. It's all I could've asked for given how things are."