By: Cassie Miller

Every year during the week of Homecoming, students and staff look forward to the parade. This year, the parade started at the Dunkirk Park and ended up at the school, where the much-anticipated bonfire was held following the parade.

People were lined up all along Main Street to admire the floats and cheer on the parade participants. Many kids who were too young to ride on a float waited with great anticipation for the candy that was thrown to them from all directions. Throwing (or maybe eating) candy during the parade is a favorite for most participants. Unfortunately, the thrill of the candy overwhelms most people and there is hardly any left for kids towards the end of the parade.

There are many different teams that are featured in the parade: elementary flag football and volleyball to the high school football and volleyball teams. All participants, no matter their age, love decorating their floats to show school spirit. Senior Catherine McMillion said, “My favorite part of the parade is getting to see everyone’s floats and all the school spirit.”

There was no spirit stick competition this year, but the competition for best float was as fierce as ever. The junior high volleyball team featured a life-sized igloo built around a pickup truck while the high school volleyball team went with an “off with their heads” theme. Students in high school and junior high were given the opportunity to vote on their favorite floats in an online survey. The competition was between the high school football, volleyball, and cheerleading floats, the junior high football and volleyball floats, and the marching band. The junior high volleyball team’s igloo takes the top prize this year with an overwhelming 42.7% of votes.

Members of this year’s Homecoming Court looked forward to the parade because they got to ride through town in their own convertibles. Many of them put in long hours perfecting their royalty waves prior to the parade. Senior attendant Lydia Rush said that her favorite part of the parade was getting to ride in her attendant car.

This year’s Homecoming parade was a huge success and one to remember. Hardin Northern’s school spirit shone through thanks to all of the time and effort put forth to organize the entire parade and make all of the floats. Everyone in attendance agreed that this is one of the best parts about Homecoming Week.