In any other year, people would see parade floats starting to pop up in neighborhoods as high school students prepared for the parade on Friday, but not this year.
Due to covid-19 health concerns, following social distancing guidelines from the Governor and a lack of time to prepare, the Vigilante Day Parade has been indefinitely postponed.
The Helena School District didn’t want to completely rule out it happening at a later date, but said it could only occur if all restrictions are lifted and on a completely voluntary basis.
Statement from the Helena School District:
“Please know that this year’s Vigilante Parade has been postponed indefinitely with no identified timeframe for the rescheduling of this event. As you know, the parade is a large, public gathering that does not align with current public health guidance. Scheduled for Friday, May 1st, lead time to successfully host the parade is simply not available even if guidance were to change in the coming days. For now, the parade will remain postponed indefinitely and May 1st will be changed to a full day of school (remote or otherwise).”
One of the oldest parades in the nation, this year would have been the 96th time the parade ran through the streets of Helena.
Last year’s parade featured 83 floats, and more than one third of Helena area high school students participated.
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