Homecoming is always an exciting time: the school year just
started back up again, football has everyone excited to hangout on Friday
nights, and camaraderie is at an all-time high. No matter if you’re a freshman
awaiting your first few high school events, a senior cherishing your last year,
or a grade in between, Homecoming marks a turning point in the fall semester,
when everyone unites for the sake of school spirit! Between attending morning pep
rallies, the big game, the halftime performances, and the dance, it’s easy to
overlook the Homecoming parade–or how to be in it, for that matter! You’ve
witnessed parades before, and even though it seems that all you’re doing is
walking and waving, there’s a lot more to it than you think. The whole school
(or at least most of it) will be at the game and watching the parade, so the
last thing you want to do is turn a fun evening of memories into a mortifying
experience you’ll never want to remember. Therefore, whether you’re nominated for
Homecoming Court, walking with a school club, representing your class, or part of ASB, here are a few
tips to keep in mind while on the track.
1. Keep your eye out
for moving vehicles. It’s normal for clubs to build Homecoming floats and
displays for the Homecoming parade at halftime. But, a lot of those are
propelled around the track by a truck or car, usually driven by faculty members
with students hanging off or out of it! There have been several instances at
high schools and colleges of vehicles careening out of control and accidentally
injuring people at football games. So, do your best to keep out of the way of
the designated driving areas, and use the same safety precautions on the sidelines that you would
crossing a street.
2. Don’t sulk.
This one seems pretty obvious, but if you aren’t feeling the pep in your step,
don’t go onto the track and attract attention to it. Everyone else is having a
great time! Homecoming parades are supposed to get school supporters riled and
riveted, not bummed out or confused about the one parade participant that looks
like they’re hating life. And, this applies TENFOLD if you don’t win Homecoming
King/Queen/Prince/Princess/honorary court title!! If your name isn’t called,
clap for the winner, keep smiling, and be a humble loser. No sweat–you’ll
accomplish many other things throughout your life, just you wait.
3. Get into the
celebration. Now that you know to have a positive attitude, now’s the time
to shine! Don’t worry if you show too much school pride, because that virtually
doesn’t exist at Homecoming! Go above and beyond in school colors and themes.
Wear costumes, and skip and dance down the track behind your club or class
float! If you are worried that people are going to judge you for having a
little more character than normal, Homecoming is the perfect time to be excused
from the status quo of day-to-day life. Open up and let yourself get immersed
in the fun, and if you do, you’ll have a Homecoming to reflect on forever.
What are other tips to
have a great time in a Homecoming parade? Share your Homecoming moments with us
in the comments!