Cassville school district to revive traditional Homecoming parade

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Parade to march down Main Street Sept. 8

The 2017 Cassville Homecoming Parade, hosted by the Cassville High School Student Council, will take place on Friday.

The parade was a school tradition over 25 years ago, and is now returning, with fanfare.

"We are excited to bring back this tradition after a few decades," said Samantha Cosper, student council sponsor. "We will start small this year and hopefully grow into a larger Homecoming parade in the future."

The theme is Welcome to the Wild, Wild West, with the school competing against the McDonald County Mustangs that evening.  

Timing

High school students participating in the parade will be dismissed at the end of fifth hour, at 12:53 p.m. All groups and floats involved will travel to the line up point on 6th Street downtown. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., and end at the high school at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Parade Route

The parade entourage will line-up on 6th Street beginning at the Cassville Chamber of Commerce building, then turn left onto Main Street, travel to the school campus, turn right onto 14th Street (Kid Kat Drive), travel to the front of Eunice Thomas Elementary, and, finally, turn left at the field house onto the paved bus lane to the high school.

Viewing

Parents, businesses and the community are invited to view the parade on Main Street between 6th and 14th streets. The parade route from 14th Street on to the high school campus will be reserved for Cassville staff and students only. Building level principals will determine the best place for their students on the route and communicate specific line-up information to building teachers closer to the parade date.  

Floats

All floats must be driven by a certified faculty member with a Permission to Transport Students Form on file. All students participating in the parade must have a Permission to Treat form on file in the office and if riding a float must have a permission slip for that as well. The documents have been sent to faculty members and it will be the student's responsibility to collect the proper permission forms for their group. We estimate having approximately five floats this year. Homecoming candidates will be on one of the floats. We are still seeking float participation from high school level groups and activities. If interested, contact Samantha Cosper as soon as possible.

Safety

Cassville schools are working in collaboration with the Cassville Police Department to ensure the safety of our students who are participating in and viewing the parade. The parade route from 14th Street to the high school will not be open to the general public. The general public will need to make arrangements to view the parade between 6th and 14th streets. Parade timing in the afternoon will cause traffic slowdowns and alternate routes for travelers who traditionally take Main Street from 1-2:30 p.m.  

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather conditions, the parade will be cancelled, and students will revert back to typical activities during the school day for Homecoming. There will also be a 1:30 p.m. walk-through of the candidates in the halls of the other buildings, and a 2:45 p.m. assembly in the high school gymnasium, which parents and the community are invited to attend.

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