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Annual parade moved to Thursday night
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It’s homecoming week in Warren County.
Covert activities are taking place for the upcoming Warren County High School Homecoming Parade scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. Students are diligently working at secret locations around Warren County to construct the best float.
The parade time has been changed from Friday afternoon to Thursday night for the benefit of people who want to attend the parade, but couldn’t make the daytime scheduling.
“Moving the parade to the evening allows for more community involvement, including allowing middle school and elementary school children to attend,” said WCHS executive principal Anthony Cassel. “We are also encouraging downtown businesses to show their Pioneer Pride by decorating their store front windows.”
Parade participants will begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. on West Colville Street. The parade will officially begin at 6 p.m. at Tire Mart. After running the length of Main Street, it will end at the Farmers Market.
Students in each class are busy working on their floats. With competition heating up, secrecy is key, according to WCHS teacher Pam Youngblood.
“Each of the classes have a location off campus,” she said. “They are very secretive about what they are designing. Unless you are in that class, good luck getting a sneak peek.”
All floats must stick with the theme of the Warren County Pioneers beating the Moore County Raiders, which is the team the Pioneers will face during the homecoming game Friday night.
There is an ongoing rivalry between juniors and seniors. According to sponsor Linda Taylor, who oversees junior float construction and has been with the class since they were freshmen, her class has always beaten the class ahead of them in the parade’s float-building competition. 
“We beat them when we were freshmen and they were sophomores. We beat them when we were sophomores and they were juniors. Now that we are juniors and they are seniors, we are going to do it again,” she predicted.
When questioned if their float would beat the senior’s float, junior Salina Wanser stated, “Shoot yeah man! Of course we will.”
Following the parade, a community pep rally will take place at the Farmers Market. Everyone is invited.