Ardmore City School’s homecoming parade is coming back to downtown this year.
This time around, the school is opening up the floor to anyone in the community who wants to decorate a float or car for the parade. Organizer Chef Robert McGehee, who serves as the AHS Student Council Advisor and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher among other things, said this year’s parade is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, with the homecoming game scheduled for October 18.
“We are actually wanting people in the community to be in the parade,” McGehee said. “We’re opening it up to businesses and organizations in Ardmore, even the previous graduating classes to have a float or vehicle.”
Last year, McGehee said he wanted to bring school spirit back to Ardmore with the parade.
“I don’t think we’ve achieved it yet, but we are moving in the right direction,” McGehee said. “I had people coming up to me at games asking me if we’re doing the parade again, and they seem excited.”
Last year’s parade had six floats. McGehee said this year, the school will have more time to prepare and is aiming for 12 floats. One for each school, one for each high school class and then additional community floats.
“Right now we’ve had five applications for different
organizations to have a decorated vehicle,” McGehee said. “Double or triple. We want as many people as we can get this year.”
McGehee said he’s teamed up with Dash for Trash, the litter collecting contest scheduled for the same day, by asking parade participants form a team and join the dash as well.
The school is also selling shirts for their annual pink out game on Sept.28. Pink Out shirts are available from the school and all proceeds from the shirt sales will go to Mercy Cancer Center. Shirt orders need to be submitted to McGehee by noon on Monday, September 24.
“This year we’ve got a sponsor, Dot Foods,” McGehee said. “So we can actually donate more money than we’ve been able to in the past.”
Applications to join the parade can be found under the Homecoming tab at https://www.ardmoreschools.org/. For more information, contact McGenee at rmcgehee@ardmoreschools.org.