Pierce County’s homecoming parade is on for this year, but with several restrictions in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 28.
PCHS homecoming is set for Friday, October 2. The Bears were scheduled to face off against Clinch County, however due to positive COVID-19 cases Clinch had to back out. The search for another opponent is ongoing as of press time.
The parade, which will start at Emmanuel Baptist Church on W. Carter Avenue and conclude at the Board of Education office on Main Street Monday afternoon, will be a short one this year.
Entries are limited to 20 participants — the homecoming court, Sound of Silver and PCHS athletes. Only entries from the high school will be allowed to ride in the parade and throwing candy will be prohibited. That rule will be enforced, and violators may be issued a citation.
Attendees other than immediate family members are encouraged not to attend the parade.
All parade participants and attendees must follow social distancing and other guidelines provided in Governor Brian Kemp’s executive orders and recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Blackshear City Council held a called meeting last Monday and unanimously approved Pierce County High School’s request to host the parade downtown with those restrictions in place. The guidelines were reportedly recommended by local health officials.
“Everything is different as we know (because of COVID-19),” said Mayor Kevin Grissom.
“This is the best of the options we’ve got,” agreed Police Chief Chris Wright.
Councilman Shawn Godwin asked if there was any possibility of the city being held liable should someone contract COVID-19 at the homecoming parade.
City Attorney Adam Ferrell advised the council to approve the parade request, subject to the restrictions recommended by health officials to avoid any such liability.
“We’re not sponsoring this parade. They’re asking for permission to conduct it,” Ferrell said. “If we’re going to grant them permission … they have to comply with the conditions we set forth.”
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