Sherry Swanson Beianzi brought set up her lawn chair at Mansfield and Logan on Oct. 6 to watch the Englewood High School homecoming parade.
“I marched as a member of the pep club when I went to Englewood High School a lot of years ago,” the …
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“I marched as a member of the pep club when I went to Englewood High School a lot of years ago,” the 1957 EHS graduate said. “The parade was a lot bigger back then because there were so many more kids at Englewood. When I went to school at EHS our homecoming parade marched up Broadway. It really was a great experience. There were a lot of beautiful floats in the parade when I was a Pirate and we built them all at Burt Chevrolet.”
She attended Englewood High School soon after it was built in 1955.
“The school was brand new and really nice when I was there,” she said. “I have lived in Englewood a long time so I watched the changes at the high school. I saw the number of students get smaller and smaller and finally watched as they tore down most of the school I remember. But I will say the new school is very, very nice.”
She said she enjoys watching the parade, watching the kids and listening to the band and looks forward to it each year.
The Oct. 6 parade was one of the final activities during the 2017 homecoming celebration.
There route for this year's parade was changed as instead of starting west of Broadway this year it began at Duncan Park and marked along Logan to Mansfield.
Traditionally the Englewood High School band leads the parade. This year the first parade entry after the police vehicle was the new Englewood High School band's truck and trailer used to transport the band equipment to competition. The truck was followed by the band, homecoming royalty in pickup trucks and floats.
The focus shifted to the EHS Stadium that evening as the Pirates football team played Machebeuf. The game's halftime was extended for homecoming as all the royalty was introduced and the king and queen were crowned. This year's king and queen were Taylor Blackburn and Maryah Hoeft. The visiting Buffaloes won the football game.
The Oct. 6 activities were among the week-long list of events on the calendar to celebrate homecoming.
Students were kept busy with competitions were held during lunchtime each school day and volunteers gathered after school to work on parade floats. On Oct. 4, football players donned the proper attire to be cheerleaders for the annual Powder Puff flag football game. The team of juniors and seniors outscored their freshman and sophomore opponents.
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