Prom is one of the signature high school traditions students can look forward to before crossing the graduation stage.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual dance across many districts in the country, including Delmarva.
Though many school districts have returned to the classroom, holding events like prom has become unrealistic due to CDC guidelines that restrict the number of students traditionally participating in an indoor prom setting.
Rather than cancel the dance, some schools have found unique ways to honor their senior class.
Parkside High School will host an “unProm” on May 28 at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City from 7 to 11 p.m.
The event has been advertised as a formal way to honor the senior class. No one over 21 will be allowed entrance.
Seniors are encouraged to wear formal attire for the grand march and dance. Park amenities will also be open, such as mini-golf, go-karts and rides, creating a fun atmosphere for all in attendance. A food truck will also be available for purchases.
Tickets are $25 for Parkside seniors and can be purchased at the Abundant Life Worship Center on Hobbs road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rain date is set for June 4.
Stephen Decatur held a similar event on April 16 to pay homage to its graduating class.
It wasn’t a prom, but seniors were invited to Trimper Rides in Ocean City for a night of rides, dancing, arcade games and more.
The event was organized by parents and gave seniors unlimited rides for $20. Some parents hope to hold another event later in the school year as an official send off to the Class of 2021.
Decatur will also hold a graduation procession on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Tuesday, May 25, from 5:30-8 p.m.
Graduates will parade in their vehicles starting at the north end of the Boardwalk at 27th Street and end at Dorchester Street. Photo opportunities will be available at North Division Street.
A rain date is scheduled for May 26.