Coronado High Homecoming Parade Sept. 29; Pancake Breakast fundraiser returns

       “Hollywood” is the theme for the annual Coronado High Homecoming Parade Saturday, Sept. 29 through Old Colorado City.
       That doesn't mean people attending the free event should expect a lot of costumes and glitz, but Student President Alex Assila pledges that there'll be plenty of red and gold (the school colors)

Readying for Homecoming Sept. 29, Coronado High Student President Alex Assila (right) is joined by Student Cabinet members (from left) Dylan Roche, Haley Pasquariello, Savannah Schofield and Amber Bergen. They're gathered around a poster for the dance that night. At 9 that morning, the school's annual Homecoming Parade will blast down closed-off Colorado Avenue from 29th Street to Bancroft Park.
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       Led by the Coronado band and featuring about 30 entries in all from school clubs, sports teams and classes (seniors, juniors etc.), plus feeder schools, the parade will start around 29th Street at 9 a.m., and travel east down closed-off Colorado Avenue to Bancroft Park for an event-concluding pep rally less than an hour later.
       Also in the park, going from about 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., will be Coronado's second annual Pancake Breakfast, which school and parent volunteers originated last year as a way of raising money to fund the ever-increasing cost of the Parade. For a $5 donation, a person can get a plate of pancakes and juice, milk or coffee.
       The food items have been donated and the cooking implements borrowed, so all the earnings will go to the Save the Parade fund, said volunteer organizer Brian Kohls.
       Many of the parade participants will ride on vehicles/floats - typically decorated with banners, balloons and other homemade flights of imagination and full of singing, shouting, instrument-playing and/or body-painted students. The Homecoming King and Queen candidates will ride in on Corvette convertibles. Other participants will march or possibly ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards, unicycles or even high-wheelers.
       New this year, Assila said, will be an alumni group with an old tractor.
       Homecoming is no small thing at Coronado. In the Spirit Week beforehand, student leaders organize a different activity/theme each day. This year, activities will include a chance to buy a mustache or have one painted on, to throw balloons at teachers and to participate in powderpuff football (senior girls vs. junior girls) or in peach fuzz volleyball (senior boys vs. junior boys), according to Student Body Vice President Dylan Roche and Student Cabinet member Savannah Schofield.
       The Parade is the first of three events on Homecoming Day. The football game will be at 1 p.m. at Garry Berry Stadium against the Sierra High School Stallions, and the Homecoming Dance will be at Coronado that evening from 7:30 till 11 p.m.
       The football team is trying to break a streak, having last won a Homecoming game in 2002 (beating Aurora Central, 56-0).
       The Pancake Breakfast event raised $1,252 last year. “Hopefully this year's breakfast will be a good kickoff for Homecoming,” Kohls said.
       Parade costs have become an issue in recent years, with costs steadily increasing due to city liability concerns or general inflation. This year's parade will cost close to $4,000, according to Dianna Fitzsimmons, the faculty advisor to student government.
       The main parade expenditures are for barricades, police coverage and renting Bancroft Park, she said.
       Fortunately for the school, Johnson Heating & Plumbing, headed by Coronado alumnus Rick Johnson, donates employee time to position the no-parking signs and barricades.
       In addition to the Pancake Breakfast, students organize parade fundraisers during the school year.
       Not all regulations cost money, but do change traditions. This year police have disallowed the past use of semi trucks pulling flatbed trailers for the kids to decorate and stand on. The concern was that such flatbeds were too high in the air, explained Coronado Assistant Principal Darin Smith. So, starting this year, the parade will use lower trailers pulled by other kinds of vehicles.
       Homecoming is a tradition dating back to Coronado's first full year as a school in fall 1971, although student government did not start the parade tradition until 1981.

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