Candy lovers young and old yell at teens throwing handfuls to community members lining the sides of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.
Friday afternoon's homecoming parade is the biggest and best parade of the year, some of its longtime attendees said. With about one hour of floats calling the Moffat County High School football team to beat the Glenwood Springs Demons on Friday night, it featured floats by athletic teams, area agencies and businesses.
Senior lineman Dustin Harri--son was excited to have Craig's encouragement.
"The community backs us up for a lot of stuff, like the new scoreboard," he said. "I think it's a way to show the community we support them back."
The parade helped him get pumped up for the game, the one he designated the most important one of the year.
Junior Brian Corey was clad in a painted-on white and blue T-shirt, with his face and hair coated to match. He's been painting himself like that since the sixth grade to show his support for homecoming week.
"(The parade is) where the team gets together for one game, Corey said, "and motivation for the rest of the games they have left."
More importantly, he said, homecoming is a chance to "show the other team who's boss."
Paula Reed feels the same way. She's been going to the parade for 27 years. She did not graduate from MCHS, but her sister, brothers and children did.
"Homecoming's like going back to high school," Reed said.
She said this parade is Craig's biggest and best and thinks it really shows the town's backing of its athletic programs.
"Everybody supports the kids," she said. "Everybody comes out for the kids."
Corey plays basketball, and understands the significance of athletes being recognized by their community.
"It's really important that your crowd supports you," he said, "so you play better."
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.