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PHS reinstates homecoming parade

PRINCETON — For the first time in nearly 20 years, Princeton High School will celebrate its football homecoming week with a community parade.

On Friday, PHS Assistant Principal Jesse Brandt said the idea to reinstate a homecoming parade came about after a couple parents brought the idea to the administration. The last time PHS had a homecoming parade was apparently in the 1996-97 school year, he said.

The entire Princeton community is encouraged to come out for this week’s homecoming parade, which begins at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Zearing Park. The procession will leave Zearing Park and travel north on Euclid Avenue, take a left on Thompson Street, and then a right on South Main Street. From there, the parade will travel north on South Main Street to City Hall (or Central Avenue), where the procession will take a right to finish up at the PHS football field, where a pep assembly begins at 7:30 p.m.

The homecoming parade will include class entries, as well as entries from several of the fall sports teams, the PHS band, and the PHS homecoming court. The king and queen will be announced at the pep assembly.

By moving the homecoming pep assembly to the evening, rather than during the school day, Brandt said he is hopeful more community members can attend to show their support of PHS. Also, the administration hopes the homecoming parade is a memorable experience for all the students as well.

In addition to Thursday’s homecoming parade, the school is also gearing up for Friday’s big homecoming game with special theme for each day during Spirit Week. Monday was Favorite Sports Team Day; today (Tuesday) is Costume Day; Wednesday, Opposite Day; Thursday, Ancient Greek Day; and Friday, Blue/White Day.

As always, Spirit Week will culminate Friday evening when the PHS Tigers head to their football field at 7:30 p.m. to take on the visiting St. Bede Bruins.

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