As part of the Blythe Post Acute’s Patriot Week 2020 events, seniors and facility staff presented a community Labor Day Parade on Sept. 7.
Amid the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the parade served as an uplifting respite for the senior citizens to watch from the facility’s front lawn as participating cars held signs and drove around Todd Park in celebration of the holiday.
“I participated last night, yesterday evening, in a Labor Day Parade for the Blythe nursing care facility. It was quite enjoyable; I want to thank Blythe Fire and (the) Blythe (Police Department [BPD]) for assisting and being the escorts,” said Mayor Dale Reynolds during closing reports at the Sept. 8 Blythe City Council meeting. “We made two laps around (Todd) Park, in front of the nursing home, and everyone was very receptive and very happy. It was a good job done by all. I can’t say enough about our little community and what we do to reach out and help people. Blythe Fire, and Blythe PD – thank you, again, for your participation in that.”
Line-up for cars participating in the event was 6:55 p.m., with cars parked on the curb facing north on Main St.
Blythe Post Acute Administrator (RN) and community leader Kat Currier helmed the festive event with fellow clown-costumed participants (Mindy McCarthy and Penelope the Clown) and commuters, as cars decorated with flags and posters drove by to wave at the smiling seniors.
“Yesterday, we had the best parade. It was so amazing; we had so much fun,” said Currier on Sept. 8. “It was amazing. Thank you so much, Blythe. It was amazing. There was so much fun. They were yelling, and hooping and hollering. It was awesome. It was the most life I have seen at the facility in a very long time. And I’m very happy about that. So thank you for all of those who came and contributed to our parade – it was amazing.”
The rest of Blythe Post Acute’s Patriotic Week events included Crazy Hair Day, basketball, quesadillas, sports day, Pictionary, and Patriot Day on Sept. 11.
(Note: The Times will resume publishing photos of the Palo Verde High School [PVHS] Class of 2020 graduates in next weeks’ issue.)