Parade spirit: A boost for Homecoming grid victory?

       With 37 entries - including kids playing instruments as well as singing, shouting and cheering - the annual Coronado High School Homecoming Parade livened up Old Colorado City Sept. 29.

Coronado Homecoming Parade... The girls softball float was decked out with this year's theme: "Hollywood."
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       Attendance may have been down slightly from previous years - a downturn was also noticed in the simultaneous Save the Parade Pancake Breakfast fundraiser - but evidently the spirit shown by the several hundred on hand was just enough, because later that day the Cougar football players won their first Homecoming game in 10 years (21-15 over Sierra).

Coronado Homecoming Parade... Also showing cinematic style was this contingent from Jackson Elementary.
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Drama students promoting their upcoming school musical, "Oklahoma" (performances Nov. 15-17), sang songs from the show as they marched and (as shown here) even broke into a Western-style dance routine.
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       “That was awesome,” said Student Body President Alex Assila. “Definitely, winning after 10 years was pretty phenomenal.”
       In keeping with tradition, the parade started at 9 a.m. and ran between 29th Street and Bancroft Park, where a pep rally followed at about 9:45.
       The Pancake Breakfast was also in the park, under the pavilion, from about 7:30 to 10:30. Staffed by volunteer Coronado staffers, parents and Troop 53 Boy Scouts, the event brought in a net total of $920 for the Save the Parade fund, according to organizer Brian Kohls. In 2011, the first year for the fundraiser, $1,252 had been raised, “but we got feedback that there weren't as many people as last year,” he said. Sales were also down for the school's Spirit Store, which was set up on the other side of the pavilion, Kohls added.
       The parade theme this year was “Hollywood,” which inspired designs for some floats and individual costumes. Participants included Coronado clubs and sports teams, as well as most of its feeder schools, Scouts and alumni. Playing music were bands from Coronado High and Holmes and West middle schools.
       The annual Westside Recipient, chosen for contributions to the school and community, was Matt Brickell. He had taught science at Coronado for 25 years before retiring in 2011, and he has continued as the wrestling coach (winning the state title in 2011).
       Riding in Corvette convertibles were the Home-coming King and Queen candidates. This year's top royalty, announced at the game, were Dylan Roche and Grace Shea.
       The parade was started by student government in 1981. It is funded almost entirely by donations and fundraisers, including student-planned events.

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Coronado's C/JV football teams marched in the parade, shouting with gusto.
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