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HHS Homecoming Parade Gets Off the Ground

A community-led effort has resulted in the donation of balloons and floats but much is still needed.

Warriors at Harris Stadium (Photo Credit: Sean Welsh)
Warriors at Harris Stadium (Photo Credit: Sean Welsh)

Havre de Grace High School is having its first annual homecoming parade next month.

The theme is superheroes, so each class will decorate a superhero-inspired float for inclusion in the Oct. 25 parade.

The Warriors football players will arrive with some hero power of their own, atop Susquehanna Hose Company firetrucks, making a grand entrance to their homecoming game against Aberdeen.

“It was offered by the hose company chief,” Dena Cardwell, who is organizing the parade effort, said at an organizational meeting Tuesday night. 

Cardwell went to school at Edgewood, where “we always had a parade," she said. Her son is a junior at Havre de Grace High School who plays on the football team.

Shyla Glassman, executive assistant to the mayor and parent of a sophomore band member at Havre de Grace, presented the parade idea with Cardwell at last week's City Council meeting. The city agreed to donate the old Opera House for staging purposes.

Other community organizations are stepping up to donate to the parade, which is organized completely by parents and the community.

Coakley’s Pub made the first donation,” Cardwell said.

“So far, we have four floats for the classes, four firetrucks from the [Susquehanna] Hose Company, an ambulance from the Ambulance Corps” and floats from Vulcan [and] Coakleys Pub, Cardwell said Tuesday. 

Dee’s Flowers and Gifts in Aberdeen is donating 200 maroon-and-white balloons with ribbon. Cardwell plans to spell out “Warriors” in fence cups at Harris Stadium.

Adams Chevrolet is donating convertibles that will carry members of the homecoming court, Cardwell said.

To make the parade a reality, the group still needs a few things, namely funds and volunteers.

The parade committee welcomes Visa gift cards as well as gift cards to Walmart, the Dollar Tree and the Factory Card Outlet. Gift cards can be dropped off to City Hall, to the attention of Shyla Glassman. Those who donate will receive a thank you letter with a number for tax-deductible purposes, according to Glassman.

The group also needs volunteers to help organize students and floats during the parade and to break down after it's over. Interested? Email WarriorHomecoming@yahoo.com.

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