Rain dampened a high school senior tradition, but could not wash out the enthusiasm for creating a unique parking space.

Viera High School seniors spent Aug. 7 painting their parking spaces like other students before them have done for more than 15 years.

But when rain momentarily halted the artistic work two days earlier, the students completed the painting tradition Aug. 9.

Each year, seniors get to paint their parking space stop blocks in the design of their choice — each a unique artistic creation.

“I like it because I always saw all the other seniors do it and now, I'm doing it, it's like a rite of passage,” Ryan Luciani said as he completed his painting.

Despite the August heat, the atmosphere was festive as many of the seniors listened to music as they painted.

Each parking stop block sports its own design. Some paintings included words, others painted objects or geometric designs, but no design was like another. The seniors were allowed to express their own creativity on the space they are assigned to use the rest of the school year.

“It's a good way to express yourself and show off your skills. We've been watching the other seniors do it through the years and it's our time now,” Leen Abu-Ammour said.

Students pay $20 to reserve a spot and another $20 allows them to paint the space.