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HHS Homecoming parade returns to downtown Hudson

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

For the first time in recent memory, the Hudson High School Homecoming parade will be held in downtown Hudson. The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 on Second Street between Buckeye and Vine streets and is the beginning of a full afternoon and evening of events.

The parade's return to downtown is part of a promise made last year by Principal Ed Lucas who said if all went well last year, the school would expand Homecoming activities. In a letter to the editor in this week's Star-Observer, Lucas spells out the success of last year's event and the role students, parents and community organizations played in restoring Homecoming as a positive experience.

"The students of Hudson High School stepped up to the plate and showed their true colors. Throughout the week (last year) their behavior in school and in the community was outstanding ... Supervision and help have always been a problem in organizing and running activities. Last year the parents volunteered to organize and supervise the parade ...We did not have one negative incident during the parade. The parents did an outstanding job bringing the parade back to Homecoming," wrote Lucas.

Parade plus more

The parade will feature the Homecoming queen candidates, members of the football team aboard a fire truck, floats designed by the students, a teachers' float, the Hudson High School band, a former HHS Homecoming queen and a special grand marshal.

Each class will be working on their floats next week at different locations with parents supervising. The Raiders are playing the Eau Claire North Huskies, and this year's theme is "Muzzle the Mutts." Parents will drive the floats.

Following the parade, the fun moves to Newton Field for the annual powder puff game and the teacher/student volleyball game. Community Action will again host a tailgate party with food available at a nominal cost and live music.

New this year will be the HHS alumni tent where old friends and classmates can meet and reminisce before the game. The tent will be open from 4:30-7 p.m. at Newton Field.

The game begins at 7 p.m. Just prior to the start of the game, there will be float judging. The best float will be determined by applause from the bleachers. At halftime the queen candidates will be presented and the 2003 Homecoming queen will be crowned. There will also be a halftime performance by the HHS marching band. The dance and a bonfire supervised by the Hudson Fire Department will follow the game.

Supervise younger students

All the pre-game events beginning with the parade are open to the public. Parents should note that any children middle school age or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all Homecoming events. Any student that age who does not have adult supervision will be asked to leave the event.

Students and parents are also reminded that there are no class colors at Hudson High School and any students wearing orange, purple or red will not be allowed on school property during any of the Homecoming events. Blue and white are the school's colors, and all students are encouraged to wear them during the week.

All Homecoming events will be chaperoned by staff and parent volunteers, and more volunteers are needed. Chaperones for the events wear yellow jackets to identify them at events. To help at this year's events, call Barb Yoder at home at 549-5859 or work at (651) 733-7098 or Mary Abel at 386-8116.

For more information about Homecoming, contact HHS at 386-4226 or www.hudson.k12.wi.us.

Meg Heaton can be reached at mheaton@rivertowns.net.

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