Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the homecoming parade was scheduled for Saturday due to incorrect information that was provided. The parade is scheduled to take place on Friday.
Ardmore City Schools is bringing back an old tradition with a homecoming parade this Friday.
The parade will follow Main Street from Central Park to Depot Park and will take about half an hour to complete. Main Street will close down at 9:50 a.m. and reopen when the parade concludes at about 10:30 a.m.
Robert “Chef” McGehee, a family consumer science teacher, bus driver and student council advisor at Ardmore High School is organizing the parade. He said he’s hoping to boost school spirit in Ardmore, which hasn’t thrown a homecoming parade in about 20 years.
“It used to be a tradition many years ago,” McGehee said. “Ever since I took over as FCCLA sponsor, student council advisor and the Class of 2018 sponsor, I’m trying to find ways to get the students involved with the community and the community involved with the students.”
The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes will have a float students will walk behind and student athletics organizations, arts and extracurricular groups from Ardmore schools will march as well. Decorated cars and the Homecoming Court will round out the ensemble. Naturally, the marchers will have candy to pass out.
McGehee said he isn’t aiming to make this year’s parade a massive event, but he’s got high hopes for next year.
“I wanted to bring this back to Ardmore,” he said. “Small schools do this. I was driving through Davis, and everything is red and white. That needs to be Ardmore next year.”
He said in Ringling, where he’s from, homecoming would involve the entire community, starting with a weeklong decorating spree and ramping up to a parade that all but shut down the whole town.
“Here, I’m just trying to get everyone going,” McGehee said. “I kept thinking ‘we need to do more.’ Students always call me ‘extra,’ but I like to do that. I like to go above and beyond.”
To get involved with the homecoming parade, contact Ardmore High School or email McGehee at firstname.lastname@example.org.