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With the Coronado High School Homecoming Parade's Wizard of Oz theme Sept. 16, home plate had a double meaning for the Coronado girls softball team. Parade participants travelled down West Colorado Avenue from 29th Street to Bancroft Park. This photo was taken in the 2500 block.
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No place like Old Colorado City for annual Coronado Homecoming Parade

Along with a display of technology, the Coronado High/District 11 Robotics float offered a Wizard of Oz element. The parade theme was taken from the famous fiction novel by L. Frank Baum and movie starring Judy Garland.
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With hundreds of supporters lining the avenue - the bulk of them shoulder to shoulder in the 2400 block - Coronado High's 37th annual Homecoming Parade sprinkled school spirit on Old Colorado City Sept. 16.
       The roughly half-hour event between 29th Street and Bancroft Park featured Coronado's sports teams and clubs as well as its feeder schools. Among the 30-some entries were hand-decorated floats and marching bands from Coronado, as well as Holmes and West middle schools.
       A pep rally in Bancroft Park - the first use of the refurbished bandshell since last January's fire - climaxed the event.
       This year's theme was the Wizard of Oz. Here were a few indications of it:
       Robotics float - “The Wizard of Cogs,” on a large cardboard panel, painted to resemble the Emerald City.
       Softball float - Marchers in front holding up a giant home plate with the message, “There's no place like home.”
       Girls soccer float - marchers in front with appropriately illustrated signs that read, “Have a heart - come to our game” and “Follow the yellow brick road straight to our games.” And on the float were hand-done cardboard cutouts of Dorothy, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow.
       Adding to the festive air was Principal Darin Smith, attired as the Wizard, along with athletic director Jimmy Porter (the Tin Woodman), dean of attendance Janice Ruybal (the Lion) and assistant principals David Dubois (the Scarecrow) and Addie Arnell (Dorothy).
Several wind instrumentalists in the Coronado High School Band play as they march down Colorado Avenue during the school's annual Homecoming Parade Sept. 16.
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Another Scarecrow sighting was Manual Ramsey, principal of Bristol Elementary, who was marching with students, staff and parents from his school. Also seen was an as-yet-unidentified, green-faced Wicked Witch of the West.
       The parade followed Coronado's Homecoming football game the night before (Coronado won) and preceded its Homecoming dance that night. As is traditional, activities meant to boost school spirit had gone on the week before. Two of these in the Wizard of Oz theme were: “If I Only Had a Brain Mathlete vs. Athlete Tuesday” and “We're Not in Colorado Anymore Thursday.”
       Credited with the lead role in organizing this year's parade was Dillon Marlow, the Coronado student president for 2017-18. “Dillon did a great job,” said Allison Watson, one of two Coronado teachers who serve as advisers to the elected student officers.
       Homecoming's Westside Recipient this year was Terry Martinez. It's the school's way of annually honoring someone who has contributed to Coronado and/or the Westside, and that includes riding in a car in the parade. Now retired, Martinez was the first West Elementary principal (2009 to 2013) and before that Washington Elementary's principal (2005 to 2009).
       For the second year, as a parade fundraiser, breakfast burritos and coffee were served in the Bancroft Park pavilion by Coronado home economics teacher Jordan Sveen and her students in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America program.
       As the parade ended, a cap to the Coronado event could be found at the Old Colorado City Library across the street from the park. Library staffers and volunteers were handing out free ice cream, in what has become an annual event recognizing early-1900s library benefactor Andrew Carnegie.
       The parade was added to Coronado's Homecoming activities by its student government in 1981. Initially, it was a low-cost endeavor, but with increasing city security requirements for closing streets, the total expense has neared $8,000 and Coronado leaders last year considered moving the event out of Old Colorado City. This year, Principal Smith said the school had raised $4,000 from two school dances in 2016-17, and District 11 covered the balance of the cost.

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(Posted 9/17/17; Schools:Coronado High School)

Dual Wizard of Oz themes are represented in signs held by students marching in front of the Coronado girls soccer team float (just behind with the green balloons) in the 2500 block of West Colorado Avenue. Other entries in the parade, which was moving east toward Bancroft Park, can be seen coming up in the background.
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The enthusiastic Coronado girls soccer team float (behind the marchers shown in the photo above) included cardboard cutouts of Wizard of Oz characters.
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LEFT: The Old Colorado City Library's Carnegie Day ice-cream giveaway was across Pikes Peak Avenue from the Coronado Parade pep rally in Bancroft Park. RIGHT: The Coronado girls basketball float included Emerald City artwork.
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A portion of the West Middle School Band marches in the 2600 block. At far right is band instructor David Foster.
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A young parade-goer (left) gains the attention of a few players on the Coronado High football team. The team had played the night before, winning their Homecoming game.
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LEFT: Holmes Middle School students temporarily leave the parade (background right) to give away candy in the 2700 block of West Colorado Avenue. RIGHT: Parade participants from Girl Scout Troop 920 wave to the crowd.
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Coronado boys soccer and hockey players show off their skills during the Homecoming Parade... although the 6-foot-diameter soccer ball may prove a challenge.
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The Coronado band joins other students and supporters in a dance during the pep rally at the end of the parade in front of the bandshell in Bancroft Park. An amplification system for speakers, led by retired cross-country coach Doug Hugill, was set up on the stage (from which this photo was taken). The event was the first to use the bandshell since Colorado Springs Parks finished renovations earlier in September. Side note: Can you spot the Wicked Witch of the West in the crowd?
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