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Homecoming Parade returns to Friday afternoon
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McMinnville officials have approved this year’s route for the 2014 Homecoming Parade for Warren County High School. The parade will be held Oct. 3 and begin at 12:45 p.m.
Parade organizers are going back to the event being held the day of the homecoming game on Friday at midday rather than on Thursday night.
“For the last couple of years, we did try something different,” said student sponsor Pam Youngblood. “We held the parade on Thursday evening, which is the night before the homecoming game. It worked out well. However, the kids liked it on Friday. It was by popular demand we move the parade back to Friday. The kids overwhelmingly requested it.”
Organizers are also going back to the old parade route. Last year, the parade went from West Colville Street, turned onto Main Street by Tire Mart, traveled Main Street and turned onto Sparta Street. It ended at Sparta Street and Lyon Street and the floats traveled to Warren County Middle School.
“That route did not work well,” said Youngblood. “It was chaos getting everyone to the school. This way they can ride around to the back of the Farmers Market and have a pep rally.”
The 2014 parade will be held Friday, Oct. 3, and will line up on West Colville Street beginning at 11:45 a.m. At 12:45 p.m., the parade will begin at Tire Mart, run the length of Main Street, turn right, and end at the Farmers Market. Following the parade, a pep rally will take place at the Farmers Market.
This year, the Warren County Pioneers will face the Panthers from Stone Memorial High School. The four floats in the parade will keep with the theme of the Pioneers winning over the Panthers.
Youngblood says the floats are impressive.
“The kids have already started working on their floats,” she said. “Some years, we have one or two that aren’t as good as the rest. This year, we have some of the best of the best involved in creating the floats. All the floats are going to be impressive. I can’t wait.”
Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ken Smith, Jimmy Bonner and Rick Barnes unanimously accepted the schools parade request Tuesday night. Absent from the meeting was Alderman Billy Wood.