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Will You Go to Promenade With Us?

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Good morning.

Ah, promenade.

For generations of American youngsters, it has been a sturdy ceremony of passage — one that always brings a heady swirl of angst and nervous pleasure.

However this yr, California excessive schoolers instructed me that their proms had been totally different. After the scholars had spent the higher a part of a yr studying from dwelling, the occasions had been websites of unfettered pleasure and aid, freed from drama.

As Sienna Barry, a senior and the scholar physique president at Petaluma Excessive College, put it: “Why have drama on the one evening you get of senior yr?”

Over the previous a number of weeks, Maggie Shannon, a Los Angeles-based photographer, attended the proms of 4 excessive colleges unfold throughout 4 areas of the state to seize the emotional, colourful, exuberant scenes for The New York Occasions. I talked to college students later about what with the ability to attend promenade this yr meant to them.

There have been many reminders that promenade this yr wasn’t regular, together with masks specifically made to match robes. Many occasions had been held open air, and vaccination or a unfavourable coronavirus take a look at was required for entry.

However, the kids instructed me that the yr aside made promenade an opportunity for a poignant reunion and a chance to rejoice not solely ending highschool, but additionally making it by the worst of the pandemic.

In Fowler, a Central Valley city simply southeast of Fresno, the place college students had been decked out in cowboy boots and hats, promenade was an opportunity to chop unfastened with classmates who’ve develop into like household over a few years of residing in the identical group.

“It had been such a very long time since we’d all been collectively,” Komal Sandhu, the scholar physique president at Fowler Excessive College, instructed me.

The proms weren’t completely devoid of stress, although. College students and directors had a lot much less time than regular to plan the occasions.

Be a part of Michael Barbaro and “The Day by day” group as they rejoice the scholars and academics ending a yr like no different with a particular stay occasion. Meet up with college students from Odessa Excessive College, which was the topic of a Occasions audio documentary sequence. We are going to even get loud with a efficiency by the drum line of Odessa’s award-winning marching band, and a particular superstar graduation speech.

And for some, the uncertainty meant placing collectively the proper look in a rush.

“It’s not like again within the day once you’d put on your grandpa’s swimsuit and name it a day,” Marco J. Gochez, a senior at Encore Excessive College in Hesperia, instructed me.

He had ordered a glittery swimsuit on-line, nevertheless it didn’t match when it arrived. So he and his mother rushed to Macy’s, and he needed to accept what his associates instructed him was a extra political vibe.

“It was wonderful although,” Gochez mentioned. “I used to be simply residing my politician fantasy.”

On the proms, the fashions had been as diverse as the kids themselves. Revelers of all genders donned fits. Crocs weren’t an unusual sight alongside heels and sneakers.



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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported everywhere in the state, together with the Bay Space, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — however she at all times desires to see extra. Observe alongside right here or on Twitter.

California Right now is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.



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