CHS parade wakes up Westside

       The 37th annual Coronado High School Homecoming Parade gave Old Colorado City an exuberant wake-up call the morning of Oct. 7. Floats with excitable riders were in abundance at the Coronado High School Homecoming Parade Oct. 7: The boys swim 
team, unfazed by the morning chill, strike fierce poses. 
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       No official crowd estimates were offered, but most people agreed that it was the best attended Coronado parade in recent years - possibly nearing 1,000 people. The event went east five blocks down a closed-off Colorado Avenue from 29th Street to Bancroft Park.
       CHS Student President Gentry Riggen said he believed that about 500 kids alone took part in the parade or watched it. And at the pep rally that followed in Bancroft Park, “the whole park was filled,” he said.
       The parade's roughly 25 entries were mostly flatbed-trucks transformed into floats by high school clubs, sports teams or the four classes (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors).
       Also featured were a series of Corvette convertibles, each bearing a Homecoming king and queen candidate. The eventual winners were Sarah Russell as queen and Brian Tallan as king.
       The CHS boys swim team, which has owned first place in the float judging in recent years, had its usual creative entry - a “sailing ship” plus smoke coming out the back and bare-chested swimmers dressed like pirates - but the winner this year was the girls' softball team. With their giant “slot machine” and huge dice, cards and photo of Elvis (which were happily jostled about during the ride), the softballers' entry did the best job of meeting this year's “Viva Las Vegas” theme, Riggen said.
       If nothing else, the selection proved the parade competition judging was squeaky clean (inasmuch as Riggen is a member of the boys swim team). “That's all right, but it's so sad,” he commented.
       The winning group's float receives $250, of which $150 goes to a charity of their choosing.
       Also appearing in the parade were contingents from several of Coronado's Westside feeder schools, including the West Middle School Marching Band and the Holmes Middle School Jazz Band. The elementaries - each with 20 or more students, several in costume - were Washington, Buena Vista, Jackson, Howbert and Pike (the latter featuring Principal Manuel Ramsey dressed as Elvis).

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