Coronado begins fundraising for 41st annual parade

       The Save the Parade effort is cranking up again.

Decorated as floats, a row of large trucks carry different contingents from Coronado High down Colorado Avenue during the school's 40th annual Homecoming Parade last year.
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       According to Maria Escobar, Coronado High student body president, student-decorated collection boxes will start going out to Westside businesses this week as part of a multifaceted fundraising campaign to continue the traditional - but recently more expensive - fall Homecoming Parade through Old Colorado City.
       Coronado Vice Principal Darin Smith announced two school events: a dodgeball tournament March 30 and a movie night April 5. Also, he said, there will be days at four different restaurants (dates to be announced) when portions of the proceeds will go to the 40-year-old event.
       Meanwhile, at school events and games, Student Council members are making available a water jug in which people are asked to donate any cash that they feel like.
       “Absolutely,” Smith said, when asked if school leaders are determined to continue the parade despite needing to raise around $3,000 for the second straight year - about three times more than it used to cost. “We don't want to give that up.”
       In addition, school staff and the PTA are considering new ideas. Among these are examining the issue of street barricades - the main cause of the parade cost hike - and looking at a possible pancake breakfast fundraiser in Bancroft Park on the morning of the parade.
       Smith has personal reasons to support the festive activity, in which Colorado Avenue is blocked off from 30th Street down to 24th Street to allow floats, bands, marching groups, costumed kids and various other types of frivolity from Coronado and its feeder schools. He graduated from Coronado in 1990. Smith was on the Homecoming Court and his wife Tatjana (Sanders) was the 1989 Homecoming queen. He also was in student government and “helped work the parade a little bit,” he said.
       In all, the parade is and was “a neat experience, something to talk about in 20 years,” Smith said. “It's not just another memory. And I'm not much of a parade person.”

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