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Coronado's annual Homecoming Parade through Old Colorado City Sept. 27

Gung-ho cross-country runners display the team banner in front of the flatbed truck/float carrying the rest of the team down Colorado Avenue through Old Colorado City during the 2010 Coronado High Homecoming Parade.
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       With the addition this year of jugglers and clowns, the annual Coronado High Homecoming Parade will feature a “Circus, Circus” theme in Old Colorado City the morning of Saturday, Sept. 27.
       Starting at 9 a.m., 35 to 40 group entries - Coronado's clubs and sports teams, plus its feeder schools - will march or ride in floats down Colorado Avenue from about 28th Street to Bancroft Park. The street will be closed for the occasion. A pep rally for that afternoon's Homecoming football game will follow in the park bandshell.
       Based on past parades, the
T.J. Archdale, student president
whole event will last less than an hour. The Bancroft Park Farmers Market will not be held that day.
       Also in the park, starting at about 7:30 a.m. and continuing through the rally, will be the Parade Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. For $5, people can get pancakes and a beverage, served up by students in Coronado's catering class, with most of the income used to cover parade costs.
       On a continuing basis, other parade fundraising is taking place this year via donation boxes in several Old Colorado City businesses and a website, gofundme.com, according to T.J. Archdale, Coronado's student president.
       The event's jugglers and clowns won't be students, but local entertainers who have agreed to take part, he pointed out. The "Circus, Circus" theme is taken from the name of an extravagant Las Vegas circus club.
       While parade entries were still being finalized when Archdale was interviewed Sept. 18, the event is expected to also have its usual mix of costumes, classic cars, musicians, hand-decorated
Holly Warren, student cabinet member
flatbed truck “floats” and participation from hundreds of students, along with staffers and parents from the various schools.
       Typically, the sides of the avenue are lined with onlookers, especially in the block between Colbrunn Court (by Bancroft Park) and 25th Street.
       Overall, “It's a great event. Everyone should enjoy it,” Archdale said. “It brings us together as a community, and it's good to get together with the businesses on Colorado Avenue.”
       One change in the parade lineup will be noticeable to past parade-goers. Archdale explained that the Coronado band, which in the past has led the parade, will not participate this year because there weren't enough opportunities to practice playing while marching.
       Coronado, the only District 11 high school west of I-25, has had the parade since 1981. It's part of a week of Homecoming-related activities, organized by the president and elected student cabinet and those in the student government class (37 in all this year). As always, the parade will
Lauren Hancock, student cabinet member
be followed by the Homecoming Game at 1 p.m. at Gary Berry Stadium (this year against Mesa Ridge High School) and a student dance that night at Coronado.
       Holly Warren and Lauren Hancock, both members of the cabinet, are planning the game's halftime show and the dance, respectively. Both expressed enthusiasm for how those activities will go.
       This year's Westside Recipient (part of the Homecoming tradition that recognizes people from the community) will be Moses Thomas "Tom" Hendrix, the former school building manager who's been at the school for close to 40 years in all. He now works part-time with in-school detention at Coronado and also volunteers as a ticket-taker with his wife Bev at games. He will get to ride in a chauffered car in the parade and will be introduced during the halftime ceremonies.
       Coronado has plenty of reason to be excited about this year's Homecoming, with its football team having won its first-ever state championship in football last year and also off to a good start this season despite having been moved up to a bigger- schools state division.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 9/19/14; Schools: Coronado High School)

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