Get ready, Old Town! Coronado High parading Homecoming spirit Sept. 26
Coronado High School is gearing up to give Old Colorado City its usual treat of floats, music and merriment Saturday morning, Sept. 26 during the annual
CHS Student Body President Tyler Romero said he expects to have about 25 floats from school sports and clubs/activities, plus participation from six of Coronado's feeder schools.
Starting at 9 a.m., the parade will barge down Colorado Avenue from 29th Street to Bancroft Park. The street will be closed to traffic along that route.
Typically, the attendance ranges between 500 and 1,000 people.
Float-makers will be vying for the first-place prize based at least in part on adherence to this year's theme of “Under the C.” The parade marshals will be Coronado teachers.
As in past years, local businesses or clubs have helped support the event by donating vehicles, including flatbed trucks for the floats and the Corvette convertibles that will carry the Homecoming King and Queen candidates. Other assistance will come from the placing of barricades.
Music will be provided by the marching bands from Coronado and West Middle School.
The parade, followed by a pep rally in Bancroft Park, traditionally pumps up school spirit for the football team's Homecoming Game, which this year will pit the Cougar squad against Rock Canyon High School at 2 p.m. at Gary Berry Stadium (next to Wasson High School).
A new event will be a tailgate party between the parade/pep rally and the game. Scheduled outside the stadium, in the lower practice field, the party from noon to 2 p.m. will offer hamburgers and hotdogs ($4 for adults, $3 for students, $2 for children under 12).
“It will be almost like a continuation of the pep rally,” said Student Council member Elena Lobato, who has been helping senior council member Kellie Luke organize the event.
“The great thing is it will involve the whole community and entire families,” Luke said.
The school also celebrates Homecoming during the week beforehand, with special dress-up days and other activities. The night of the game is the Homecoming Dance at the school.
A sidelight in this year's Homecoming Parade is that it's being promoted as the school's “39th annual” - even though last year's parade was also called the “39th annual.” Romero explained that this is not a typographical error, but the result of research into school history. “We had a huge discussion on this,” he said. In the discussion, it was pointed out that the school did not have a Homecoming Parade in its very first school year (1970-71, when construction delays prevented the school from opening until mid-November 1970). So, counting from fall 1971, this would be the 39th Coronado Homecoming.
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