Staff members of Del Mar Elementary School in Morro Bay organized a citywide parade May 1 to show their students they are loved and missed by their teachers and school staff.

The parade, away to celebrate the families and boost morale, got some help from the City’s Community Volunteer Patrol and the City trolley, which led the parade as it wound through North Morro Bay neighborhoods on both sides of the highway, through the Harbor View Tract, the Heights and Downtown, honking and waving to all the kids and parents who came outside with hand-made signs, balloons and soap bubbles.

Del Mar Principal Janet Gould said, “It was fun but so very emotional to see all of our families who came out with posters, smiles, and tears to wave us on as we cruised throughout the streets of Morro Bay, past the homes of our Del Mar families.”

Gould pointed out that Friday, May 1 would have been the Cruise Night for the Annual Car Show, but it was canceled along with other springtime events. “The car show cruise just took on a whole different look this year!” said Gould.

At the least, the Del Mar Parade was a welcomed, uplifting gesture during a time when there hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer about.