Coronado Homecoming parade in Old Colorado City for its 36th year Sept. 24
Featuring often costumed, sometimes body-painted student participants - either on foot or transported by hand-decorated cars and trucks - the roughly 40 entries will proceed down Colorado Avenue from about 29th Street to Bancroft Park.
That part of the avenue will be closed for the occasion. Concluding with a pep rally in the park, the event typically lasts a half-hour to 45 minutes.
Coronado has held the parade in Old Colorado City since 1981, as part of a week of Homecoming-related activities. Vehicles are typically donated for the day, including pickup trucks and trailers for floats and the convertible Corvettes carrying members of Coronado's Homecoming Court.
The pancake breakfast, a parade fundraiser, is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the park pavilion. Volunteer students and staff will do the cooking. Update, 9/21/16: According to Coronado Principal Darin Smith, the meal offering has been changed to breakfast burritos, "made fresh by our Family and Consumer Studies students."
In a time-related event, the Old Colorado City Library will host its annual Carnegie Day Ice Cream Social the same day, starting after the parade ends. The social will take place on the sidewalk in front of the library across Pikes Peak Avenue from the park. The ice cream is free. The event honors Andrew Carnegie, whose $10,000 donation allowed the library's construction in 1904.
Update, 9/15/16: A book sale in conjunction with the ice cream had originally been announced, but it has been canceled. In its place will be a "book trike," giving away some children's books, according to OCC Library Supervisor Trish Blakely.
An added Homecoming activity by the Coronado students this year will be a spirit bonfire on the school track Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Homecoming football game will be against Pueblo South at Garry Barry Stadium Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., and the Homecoming Dance will be the night of Sept. 24.
Because of the parade, the Bancroft Park Farmers Market will not be held Sept. 24.
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