Class of 2021 takes over Patchogue Village for unique prom night to remember

The section of East Main street was shut down to traffic and the restaurants catered to the students, so the kids could enjoy their prom while adhering to the remaining COVID-19 restrictions.

News 12 Staff

Jun 21, 2021, 9:43 PM

Updated 1,124 days ago

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The Class of 2021 from Patchogue/Medford High School celebrated a one-of-a-kind prom Monday
The school and 14 restaurants in Patchogue Village rolled out the red carpet, built a stage and set up tables for this year's prom, outside on East Main Street behind the Patchogue Theatre of the Performing Arts.
The section of East Main street was shut down to traffic and the restaurants catered to the students, so the kids could enjoy their prom while adhering to the remaining COVID-19 restrictions.
"From the outside looking in, wow look what everybody's doing," says Eric Rifkin, owner of Bobbique. "For us this is part of being part of a great community."
The one-of-a-kind prom started with seniors streaming off buses, walking the red carpet, and getting their pictures taken in front of a Hollywood style background.
"We've been locked away, so it's really nice to just get out and be with everybody for one last time," says Madelynn Schumann, senior class co-president.
There was a dance floor, DJ, soda and food trucks and a plated dinner.
"The whole village has kind of stopped, just for the seniors here at Patchogue/Medford High School and its awe inspiring how the community has come together," said assistant principal Garrett Comanzo.
He says the district started talking back in November about what prom might look like for the class that missed out on a lot of high school memories and milestones due to the pandemic.
As restrictions were lifted, the prom got bigger with more businesses taking part in what organizers hope will be an amazing, unique and memorable prom for the Class of 2021.
"We're trying to make it memorable and special, I think we're going to be alright," said Comanzo.


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