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Homecoming parade to change route

September 11, 2008

The Eudora High School homecoming parade will march on as scheduled, but its route is changing because of the downtown beautification project.

The parade, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, will stage and start at the southern end of Elm Street in the Eudora Community Learning Center parking lot.

It started on Main Street in previous years, but will forego those three blocks because it's not safe for people to be in downtown at a time when there may or may not be sidewalks on both sides of the street. It also would be difficult for floats to turn from Main onto 10th Street.

"People wouldn't be able to line the streets, and moving to the community learning center will make it a lot easier liability-wise for everybody - the city, business owners and us," EHS Activities Director Dave Durkin said.

Because of construction on the middle interceptor in the area of Maple and 15th streets, the parade route likely will head south on Elm Street to Laws Field for a pep rally.

"Right now we're looking at a straight shot to Laws and if we can go by the nursing home we'll sure try, but it doesn't look good right now," Durkin said.

The number of floats will remain the same, with about

10 to 12 entries ranging from little league football teams and cheerleaders to the EHS senior class and possibly some middle school sports teams.

"We're trying to discourage anyone slipping in a political float on us," Durkin said. "It's just really not the place for that."

The pep rally will begin around 6 p.m. and Durkin said it likely would end before

7 p.m.

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