Fredonia’s graduating high school seniors will celebrate with a parade this week in lieu of a traditional ceremony.

Substitute teacher Nan Watson had a compelling reason for helping organize the event.

“These are kids born right around Sept. 11 when the nation was in chaos, and now the world’s in chaos,” said Watson, of Fredonia. “So I feel they truly deserve to have their moment, and this is something we can do for them.”

The parade route begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. Seniors will gather at First Baptist Church and drive down Cassidy Avenue towards Akridge Farm Supply Store.

The route will continue on West Wyatt Street, onto Dorroth Street, before ending on East Wilson Street at First Cumberland Presbyterian.

Watson reminded the public to follow social distancing guidelines: attendants can support Fredonia’s youth, as long as they do it six feet apart.

“Seniors are staying in their vehicles,” she said. “Only those they quarantined with are permitted to ride with them.”

Watson said about 17 high school seniors will participate, regardless of whether they attend school in Caldwell or neighboring counties.

Watson thanked Fredonia Mayor Jim Seibert and Caldwell Judge-Executive Larry Curling for assisting with the event.