By SEAN ROWLEY
Pageantry and music marched along Muskogee Avenue on Friday afternoon during the Tahlequah High School Homecoming Parade.
The parade featured the sweethearts and royalty for school organizations and athletic teams waving to the crowd from atop classy cars, pep rallies, marching bands and floats.
The theme of this year’s THS homecoming week was “Tradition,” which was embraced by many of the participants.
Those riding in the parade included the THS Class of 1964 and football alumni.
The break from classes aside, THS students cited some other reasons that they appreciate homecoming.
“I’ve really enjoyed Spirit Week,” said Hunter Pennington. “People have worked all week to prepare for this parade, and I am really looking forward to the game tonight.”
Coronations of royalty took place Friday evening at Doc Wadley Stadium, followed by the football game between the THS Tigers and the Claremore Zebras.
“I think we’re going to win the football game,” said THS student Kristyn Swafford. “It has been fun dressing up for different days and taking part in Tiger Spirit.”
Many storefront windows were also sporting orange and black. Members of the THS Student Council decorated the windows on Wednesday and Thursday.
Members of the THS varsity football team rode on floats, as did players for the freshman and younger football squads.
The THS athletic teams entered floats as did organizations such as the Art Club and THS Choir.
The parade stopped briefly along its route at Norris Park and at the Cherokee Courthouse square for pep rallies by the band and cheer squad.
Starting at the high school, the parade moved from the high school onto Morgan Street, before turning south on Muskogee Avenue.
The event was well-attended, with spectators lined two and three rows deep along Muskogee.
Leslie Munoz, 3, expressed a sentiment that was extremely popular with many of the children who were lined along the parade route.
“We want candy,” she exclaimed.