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Parker bringing back parade for homecoming

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Gazette Staff
October 5, 2009
— Parker High School will revive a homecoming tradition this year: A parade.

The homecoming parade will begin around noon Friday, Oct. 16, assistant principal Rick Lehman said.


Plans still are being made, but the parade route likely will include Mineral Point Avenue from Parker east to Crosby Avenue and past Franklin Middle School and Madison Elementary School and then circle back to Parker.


Retired teacher Mike Griffin said Parker had homecoming parades going back to at least 1972 and continuing well into the '80s.


Griffin recalls floats on hay wagons that traveled from the school to Monterey Stadium and later circled the track at halftime of the football game for a "best float" vote.


Craig High School's homecoming is this week, by the way. Craig also will have a parade—of kiddie wagons decorated by advisory rooms. The wagons will parade in the gym during the pep rally.


Craig also is doing something different this year: A carnival on Friday afternoon after the pep rally. The carnival, behind the school, will include students performing on stage, a dunk tank, inflatables and powder-puff football games.


As usual, both schools will have football games on the Fridays of their homecoming weeks and dances on the Saturdays.



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