By Zaira Vaquero
Novato High students piled onto colorful, Disney-themed floats on Friday October 28th for the annual Homecoming Parade on Grant Avenue. The parade celebrated a new school year along with the senior nominees for Homecoming King and Queen.
The nominees coupled up into eight separate groups. They rode in borrowed vintage cars, from which they waved to the crowd. A variety of people showed up, waving back with smiles on their faces.
“I like seeing the community and just how we’re coming together to watch such a wonderful event no matter where you live in Novato,” said class president and nominee, Luis Soriano.
The parade also included four class floats. The freshman float was loaded with Finding Nemo decorations, the sophomore students were in Toy Story gear, the juniors followed with Monsters Inc., while the seniors were laden in Pirates of the Caribbean knickknacks. A JROTC truck was filled with members of the program. The parade also featured two cheerleading floats, princess-themed for varsity, and mermaid tails for the junior varsity.
In hopes of adding a sense of variety to the parade, junior Paige Speer rode on her three-time champion regional winner horse, The Jeweller, in between the junior and senior floats.
“I’m trying to obtain scholarships to college by involving my horse in community events,” said Speer. “I also wanted to expose him to these types of events so he becomes more mellow and less hot.”
The actual event itself only lasted for about 40 minutes, but preparation had begun weeks ago.
“After school, we would have work days, people would come by and help out. It would be different people every time,” said leadership representative Paola Magana. “It’s been very difficult, especially these last couple hours, trying to get everything on.”
According to Paola, the leadership class had been preparing for the evening event since three in the afternoon.
“Everyone has been hard at work, making sure that everything is in order, and that nothing has been forgotten with loading and unloading all the stuff,” Magaña said. “Overall, everything ran smoothly and it was fulfilling seeing all the people who showed.”
“The floats were wonderfully made, and the kids were overcome with excitement. It’s amazing to see how artistic our kids are, and it definitely leads you wanting more,” said Rudy Velasquez, parent of sophomore Lesly Velasquez.
Although the event was expected to be overshadowed by predicted rain, people still showed to support Novato High. Rain did not interrupt the parade which made a round trip to and from the District Offices. Parents left in awe, with great pride in the students’ elaborate production.