Homecoming parade, festivities draw spectators with music, candy

Friday, October 19, 2007 | 7:07 p.m. CDT; updated 9:28 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Spectators lined Broadway on Friday afternoon as they watched the high school homecoming parade. Kids and adults scrambled for candy as the high school homecoming courts, class floats and marching bands paraded through downtown.

Rock Bridge High School senior Kelia Hardin is on the homecoming court. She said she couldn’t sleep last night because she was so excited to see the Bruins play the Liberty High School Blue Jays.

Rock Bridge has celebrated homecoming with events all week. Hardin said her favorite homecoming activity was Fear Fest, where she had to drink green milk. She also liked the year’s theme — Rock the Jungle.

Hardin said this year’s homecoming court was more diverse than in past years.

“It’s fun being noticed for something,” Hardin said.

Hickman High School homecoming candidate Saxon Brown was nominated by the Academy of Rock, a club that supports musicians.

At Hickman, each candidate raises money for a charity. Brown’s choice was the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, which supports musicians and their families in New Orleans.

“Oftentimes the person who raises the most money becomes queen,” Brown said from her seat atop a dusty blue Ford Mustang.

Taylor Arnold, a Hickman sophomore who is in the color guard, was twirling her flag in front of Stephens College before the parade began. Although school was not in session at Hickman, Arnold had a busy day. She said her day began with choir practice, followed by more than three hours of band activities.

Arnold helped build the sophomore class float this week. She said the float was “kick butt” and included a bulldog chained to a fence.

Hickman High School will play Ft. Zumwalt South High School at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. The homecoming queen will be announced during halftime.

Sam Stoeckl, a Jefferson Junior High School eighth grader, slept in this morning. He said the band didn’t have to meet until 1:15 p.m. to prepare for the parade.

Stoeckl, who plays the tenor saxophone, has been in the marching band for two years.

“It’s really fun once you get out there and start marching,” he said.

Harry Webb, a science teacher at Oakland Junior High School, has portrayed the school mascot for the past eight years.

When asked for a name before the parade began, he said, “Eli the Eagle.” He takes his job seriously.

“When I’m in this, that’s who I am,” he said.

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