It was an evening of striking formal attire, of fun centered around friends and families, and of the community's young people stepping out to display its finest at Cedaredge High School's prom on Saturday, April 16.
With family and friends watching, cheering and snapping pictures, the grand march was an hour-long procession of radiant young people strolling arm-in-arm through an Enchanted Forest.
The Grand March culminated with the crowning of the prom king and queen. They are Tyler Reynolds, son of David and Terri Reynolds of Cedaredge and Nellie Freeman, daughter of John and Kim Freeman of Eckert.
The school's junior class provided a decorated setting for the evening's festivities. It was an enchanted forest scene complete with Japanese lanterns hanging from piñon pine and juniper trees. The couples took the spotlight as they walked along a winding pathway and over a lighted bridge that crossed a fanciful creek before they exited through a lighted archway of forest foliage.
In the background, a silhouette of Grand Mesa was alit with a display of white decor lights flashing in a rotating panorama. Native American lute music played in the background, setting the ideal tone for procession that was both stately and fun.
The young people were having a good time. At each turn in the walkway's path some of them would stop and display a special gesture or pose that they had rehearsed together for their family and friends.
The young women were all beautiful beyond words, of course. The attire styles this year were eye-catching and purely formal. There were chiffon ruffles worn in various colors and in styles from cocktail dress length all the way to full floor length. The ladies presented themselves in sequined gowns of every type, from lavish split skirt dresses to satin and lace. Some of their gowns were stylishly strapless or fashionably low-backed.
The young men selected mostly formal tuxes or suits with jackets that complimented the young women's gowns. The men displayed breast-mounted boutonnieres their prom dates had provided, and the ladies all had corsages, some worn at the wrist.
Following the Grand March, the students and their dates enjoyed a night of dancing in the commons area.