Cary’s Annual Homecoming Parade


Cary High School has many traditions, and one of the most fun to watch being the Homecoming Parade. The parade is a competition comprised of floats made by each grade’s student council, clubs, and even some football players who hop on a trailer, to celebrate the night of the homecoming football game.

Photographer: John Steadman

Last year’s theme was “fairytales”; unfortunately, Hurricane Florence pushed back the Homecoming Parade and ultimately resulted in its cancellation. This left many students unsatisfied with all the hard work put into their floats. To make up for this, the theme for this year’s parade was “movies” which would accommodate those who wanted to use their floats from last year.

Photographer: John Steadman

Photographer: John Steadman

So what did the parade look like? NJROTC led everyone through the streets, followed by the band, the Varsity Football team, and the nominees for Homecoming Queen. The floats: Club Unify chose the movie Despicable Me, Freshmen chose The Wizard of Oz, Sophomores chose Finding Nemo, Juniors chose Alice in Wonderland, and Seniors chose Grease. Each group had a challenge at their hands, but the outcome of each float was incredible. The Club Unify float featured the students dressed up as little yellow minions and a teacher with the infamous nose of Gru. The freshmen had many characters, like Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion— oh my! The sophomore float was full of lively colors, including a giant coral structure, and bubbles floating all around. The juniors recreated the white queen’s massive castle and classic tea party. Lastly, the seniors built a bright red car with Danny and Sandy sitting it in and had multiple “greasers” zooming around on scooters. East and West Cary Middle School athletes came to walk with the high school students and their band was invited to play with Cary High’s band.

Club Unify’s Float Photographer: John Steadman

On Friday, September 27th, the parade began on Ralph Drive and ended on Jimmy Burns Way, and there were families, students, and teachers watching from all sides. Cheers and chants could be heard from every class and viewers throughout the entire journey.

Freshman Class Float Photographer: John Steadman

Sophomore Class Float Photographer: John Steadman

The winner of the parade was to be announced during half-time of Friday night’s homecoming football game. Club Unify’s Despicable Me float won “Best Club Float” and the junior class’ Alice in Wonderland float won first overall! The Juniors  were thrilled to win. Junior Student Council Treasurer, Vedika Tiwari, says, “It’s nice to know that the work we put into our float was worth it in the end. I’m super proud of how hard everybody worked on the float and how it turned out.” Even after all the stress of getting these floats together, everyone can agree that the 2019 Parade was an awesome experience for both the students and the audience. Until next year!

Junior Class Float Photographer: John Steadman

Senior Class Float Photographer: John Steadman

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