What, they worry?
Despite concerns over 2010 event, Coronado High’s paraders enjoy annual avenue jaunt
It may have been the second straight 39th annual Coronado High School Homecoming Parade, and next year's event may require considerably more money and
planning, but none of that mattered to the hundreds of participants and spectators in Old Colorado City the morning of Sept. 26.
Student Body President Tyler Romero said a total of 40 entrants (including each of the Corvette convertibles carrying Homecoming king and queen candidates) made their way down Colorado Avenue before the pep rally in Bancroft Park.
“Everything went very smoothly,” he said, “even better than we planned.”
It worked out better than the Homecoming football game later in the day, at which Coronado unfortunately lost for the seventh year in a row.
The Homecoming King and Queen, announced at the game, were Dusty Solis and Megan Trujillo.
Parade participants on the warm and sunny morning consisted of several clubs and sports at the high school, as well as all the Coronado feeder schools. Music was supplied by the CHS, West and Holmes bands, and plenty of shouting was added by the high schoolers on their floats.
The number of entrants was actually one higher than last year's, when then-Coronado Student Body President Nick Kadlec claimed the honorary title of biggest homecoming parade in the state, but Romero confessed that he had not paid attention to that nicety this year.
But he will set the record - probably never to be broken - for most parades in a year planned by a Coronado student body president (two, or at least one and a half). Because of a recently implemented city special-events ordinance, which requires long-range planning of any events big enough to close down city streets, Romero said he expects to start working on the 2010 event before he graduates in the spring. Previously, Coronado's student presidents, who take office at the start of the school year, had time to pull the event together in the roughly six weeks after the first day of school in mid-August. Now the presidents “aren't even going to be able to plan their own parades,” Romero lamented.
In addition, the parade cost has gone up roughly five-fold, to about $5,000, largely due to the ordinance's liability focus - now the school must contract for some work that volunteers once did.
But Romero feels positive, all in all. With the next parade having the boost of being the 40th annual - the 39th had to be “repeated” this year because of a miscount in the past - he believes fundraising should go well. He's also getting experience at trimming costs. Looking at the 2010 parade budget, he noted a $400 expense that had let some student leaders zip up and down the parade route in rented golf carts (as they have in previous parades). “The carts have been fun, but they may have to be cut,” he said.
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