For most high school students, homecoming can be a fun and exciting time of year. For others, it can be just another week and another football game.
This year, Royal Palm Beach High School decided to go big, bringing back memories of another era, when homecoming reigned supreme.
With Disney as the theme, doors and hallways were decorated; every day was a silly and fun dress-up day. There were games, a talent show, a dodgeball tournament and a pep rally. There was a football game and dance at the end of it all, and this year there was a parade.
Starting at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center and ending up at the school, the 2-mile stretch of the parade route on Thursday brought the local residents and students some great entertainment. With about 40 entrants, the participating groups ranged from bands to class and club floats to cheerleaders and the homecoming court.
Local elementary and middle schools were invited to participate as well, bringing in safety patrols, a float, bands and dance squads.
“I am very pleased with how the parade went,” RPBHS Activities Coordinator Justin Arnone said. “I had a vision as to what it would look like, and the reality was far more grand than I had expected. I am thankful for the support of schools from our feeder pattern who allowed their students march in the parade, in some cases building floats, and for allowing their students to watch the parade along Sparrow Drive. I am also extremely appreciative of the logistical support that the Village of Royal Palm Beach provided to make this event a success. I look forward to this becoming an annual event that the community looks forward to each and every year.”
The Wildcats would like to thank all the participants for putting on a great show, along with a special thanks to Al Packer Ford and Royal Palm Mazda for donating trucks and cars for the homecoming court and football team to travel in.
Above: Wildcats take part in the homecoming float parade.