Steamboat homecoming parade route changes
Lincoln Avenue construction affects celebration
October 9, 2009
If you go
What: Steamboat Springs High School homecoming parade
When: 2 p.m. today
Where: Starting at the high school to Pine, south on Fourth to Oak, west on Oak to Ninth, north on Ninth to Pine and back to the high school
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs High School won’t let a little construction stand in the way of an annual festivity.
Despite the resurfacing project under way from Third to 13th streets on Lincoln Avenue, this year’s high school homecoming parade still will be held at 2 p.m. today.
“It’s a tradition; we do it every year,” said junior Bobby Glass, a member of the parade committee for the school’s leadership class, which has planned the week’s activities. “It gets everybody psyched up. It gets the creativity up with the floats. It’s a great thing to have with homecoming.”
But because of the construction, the parade route will be different this year. It starts at the high school and heads south on Second Street to Pine Street. The parade will veer south onto Fourth Street to Oak Street and will head west to Ninth Street. It will go north on Ninth to Pine and back toward the high school.
School Resource Officer Josh Carrell said the Steamboat Springs Police Department worked with the school to develop the alternate route. He said a rolling roadblock would accompany it and leapfrog intersections to limit traffic congestion.
Glass said each class would have two floats, one depicting their interpretation of the homecoming theme, outer space, and another to ferry members of that class who didn’t participate in float building.
He said the band would march during the parade and that the homecoming royalty court would ride in convertibles driven by parents and community members. The district also will have a vehicle in the parade, a float decorated as a magic school bus.
“It’s just a good time, a good way to interact with the community and the high school,” Glass said. “It’s just a good sight.”
Lucianne Myhre, the high school’s leadership class teacher, said each class’s float would be judged and given a score. That will be added to the scores from the week’s activities, including class competitions and dress-up days. The winning class will be awarded the “Spirit Stick.”
“It’s all about bragging rights,” she said.
Carrell said the parade, which precedes today’s 7 p.m. football game against Rifle High School and Saturday night’s homecoming dance, was a chance for the school to express its gratitude to Steamboat.
“It’s our way of saying thanks to the community for all their support over the years,” he said. “The kids have worked hard for the past three or four weeks and appreciate the support.”
Carrell added that the parade would happen, regardless of the weather.
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