Homecoming relies on community involvement

Parade has new route, more than 30 floats

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What: Moffat County High School 2009 Homecoming Parade

Where: Starting at City Park, moving west on Victory Way to the Safeway parking lot

When: 2 p.m., floats line up at 1 p.m.

The route is set, and most of the floats are accounted for.

All Delaine Brown can hope for is a little good weather for Moffat County High School's 2009 Homecoming Parade.

"Last year the weather was just awful," said Brown, the high school's student council advisor. "It rained and was cold, and there was lightning. We were talking about whether we should go ahead with it, and then the sun just came out of nowhere."

The National Weather Service is calling for highs in the 50s and more clouds than sun for Friday's parade, which Brown thinks will be a success.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Friday at City Park and will travel west on Victory Way to the Safeway parking lot.

About 30 floats and cars carrying high school royalty will be featured in the parade, decorated in the theme of "Bulldog Mardi Gras."

"This is the largest parade of the year in Craig," Brown said. "The kids come out of school to watch it, and everyone kind of gets together."

Seven cars will feature the high school's Homecoming royalty, who will be crowned in a coronation ceremony today at MCHS.

Several school groups, such as drama students and the football team, also will create, decorate and ride in their own floats, handing out Mardi Gras beads and candy to viewers lining the street.

Brown said one of the most important aspects of the parade is community involvement.

"It's really about the community organizations that come out and participate," Brown said. "Like the Wyman Museum and the Moffat County Education Association. And it's great to have the kids come out and see it because there will be fire trucks, and the kids just love fire trucks."

The most obvious change from last year's parade is the route.

In previous years, participants lined up in the Craig Middle School parking lot. However, the north end of the building is still under construction.

This year, floats will line up at 1 p.m at City Park facing south toward Victory Way. Although Brown said it is up to the Craig Police Department whether this route will be repeated next year, she sees it as an improvement.

"As far as safety goes, it's way better because everyone will be on the same side of the street and there's not all that northbound traffic to worry about," Brown said.

Also new this year is a Bulldog mascot contest, which features anyone who wants to vie for the top mascot position in the parade.

The mascot with the most spirit will have the chance to participate in the halftime show during the football game Friday.

Kirstie Mcpherson, a student council member who heads the parade committee, said she'll be glad when she wakes up Saturday morning and all the effort that has gone into planning the parade has paid off.

"It's a huge amount of work and coordination," she said. "But it'll be really cool to see all of the different student groups come out."

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