Gravette pa­rade shows school spirit

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - SUSAN HOL­LAND shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — The an­nual foot­ball home­com­ing pa­rade is tra­di­tion­ally a high­light of the first few weeks of school and a fun way to show school spirit and wel­come the cooler weather of fall. This year’s pa­rade was no ex­cep­tion. Lots of Lion sup­port­ers lined the streets to watch as a col­or­ful lineup of floats, fea­tur­ing school clubs, or­ga­ni­za­tions and sports teams, wound along the pa­rade route.

Chief of po­lice Chuck Sk­aggs led off the pa­rade, fol­lowed by bright red fire trucks from both the Gravette and De­catur fire de­part­ments. Gravette roy­alty rode in the pa­rade, in­clud­ing Tif­fany Wheeler, 2018 Miss Teen Gravette, and Dar­lene McVay, 2018 Miss Gravette. Sev­eral ve­hi­cles car­ried the home­com­ing queen can­di­dates, se­nior, ju­nior, sopho­more and fresh­men maids and their es­corts, the home­com­ing crown bearer and flower girls. Two floats fea­tured mem­bers of the classes of 2022 and 2026.

Mem­bers of the Gravette High School march­ing band, dressed in their strik­ing black and orange uni­forms, stepped out and treated the crowd to some snappy tunes along the way. Sev­eral young foot­ball teams and cheer squads also joined the pa­rade.

Judg­ing must have been tough for the win­ners in the float con­test as there were a num­ber of eye-catch­ing dis­plays to choose from. The se­nior class won in the class divi­sion with their Lion King themed float and the ju­niors took sec­ond place with their Toy Story theme and the slo­gan “To vic­tory and be­yond.” The volleyball team won first place among clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions with a Lilo and Stitch theme fea­tur­ing palm trees, surf­boards and riders wear­ing grass skirts. The Gravette FFA took sec­ond place with its Home­com­ing on the Range theme, farm­ers and ranch­ers, spot­ted cows, even a rooster. The 20182019 of­fice aides earned an hon­or­able men­tion.

Riders on many of the floats tossed out pieces of candy as they rode along and sev­eral young spec­ta­tors kept busy scram­bling to fill their pock­ets and bags with sweet treats.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SUSAN HOL­LAND

The ju­nior class at Gravette High School won sec­ond place in the home­com­ing pa­rade float com­pe­ti­tion with their Toy Story themed float and its slo­gan, “To Vic­tory and Be­yond.” Mr. Potato Head even joined the ju­niors for a ride on the float.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SUSAN HOL­LAND

2018-2019 Gravette High School of­fice aides earned an hon­or­able men­tion for their float in the clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions cat­e­gory of the home­com­ing pa­rade float com­pe­ti­tion.

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