The Homecoming parade of Bonneville High School has been celebrating school pride for many years. All the clubs and sports teams around the school have the option to participate in the parade by decorating a float, gathering the group members, and spreading bee spirit throughout the D93 community.
Days of careful consideration went into the planning of the parade. This year Ethan Smith, a junior in Student Council, was in charge of the Homecoming parade. Mrs. Yorgason, the student council advisor, shared some valuable information regarding planning steps for the parade. She declared, “Planning entails working with the community to set up the route, organizing all clubs that would like to participate, setting a day and time, contacting elementary schools and letting them know when the parade will be, and working with admin to moderate the route and what the flow to traffic will look like.” All of these aspects that may seem truly miniscule are all exceedingly important when it comes to planning this event, although there are also rules and regulations that must be followed.
There are also many rules and guidelines that the students and staff are required to follow when the event comes around. Yorgason listed the following: “No water balloons, drivers must be 21+ with a valid driver's license if they are to be driving a float, no profane music, candy must be tossed from the sidelines, and floats must be decorated appropriately.” The rules and regulations are put in place to ensure the safety of the students, school, and community. Although water balloons may seem safe, they can cause bruising when thrown, and they create litter if not properly disposed of. A licensed and competent driver is undeniably important to ensure that no one gets hurt and prevents any damage. If anything goes wrong, whether it is the fault of students or a simple mistake, it could mean the end of the Homecoming parade all together. Luckily, decorating and throwing together a float brings more fun to the parade.
Putting together the floats brings anticipation for the parade. School clubs have the option to decorate and bring food and candy to participate in the event. Students who are involved in a variety of groups, such as Walker Steffen, a junior at BHS, are forced to choose which float they will be on for the parade. Steffen explains that choosing a float, “was actually significantly hard because both floats were full of people … I ended up choosing the Performing Arts float over Hope Squad because I've been in choir for longer and I am ultimately more passionate.” These floats provide the opportunity for the students to throw the school pride out to the community around them, furthermore it allows elementary, and middle schools to see how entertaining high school can be.
Bonneville High School has numerous exciting activities throughout the year and it is an amazing opportunity to be a part of Bonnevilles Homecoming parade. GO BEES!