Homecoming parade on a roll
Students, community groups floating by crowd
With a little time to catch their breath after EudoraFest, Eudorans are gearing up for a different sort of tradition. The Eudora High School homecoming festivities begin Wednesday with a parade and culminate Friday with the football match-up between the Cardinals and Santa Fe Trail.
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Laws Field and will continue on its usual route. The parade will wind north up Elm Street to 15th Street, then head west to Maple Street while passing by the Eudora Nursing Center, then east on 14th Street to Main Street. The parade then takes Main downtown to Seventh Street, where it turns around and terminates at the Eudora Community Learning Center.
At the center, organizer Suess Lounsbury said homecoming festivities would continue with a pep rally featuring speeches by coaches, introduction of the seniors and sports teams, and presentation of the homecoming candidates. Lounsbury said the pep rally should start about 5:30 or 6 p.m., and Wednesday's homecoming festivities are planned to end by 7 p.m.
The parade will feature student entries like class floats, the Cardinal Regiment marching band, and youngsters attending the cheerleading clinic. Community participants include soldiers and veterans, preschool students and local public safety workers.
Lounsbury said the Eudora High School Booster Club was giving away first- and second-place prizes for both student and community parade entries. Anyone in the community wanting to enter the parade needs to arrive at Laws Field by 4:30 p.m. Friday to participate. Lounsbury said any community group was welcome as long as entries and floats were safe and appropriate for the school setting.
Eudora High School students will select their homecoming candidates next week, and the king and queen will be crowned Friday during halftime of the Santa Fe Trail-Eudora varsity football game. The homecoming dance for students in grades nine through 12 is from 10:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at the high school.