Homecoming parade ready to march
The particulars have been set and the details have been ironed out for the Basehor-Linwood High School homecoming parade on Oct. 19.
The parade, coordinated by the high school and the Basehor Pride Association, will start at 5:30 p.m. on 155th Street in Basehor.
This year's parade is expected to be as exciting as years past, parade coordinator, and Basehor-Linwood High School Vice Principal Joe Keeler said.
"I would hope that this would be one of the best parades we have had, and I would love to see a big crowd come out for it," Keeler said.
The theme for this year's parade will be "A Dream for U.S."
The student body chose this year's theme in light of the events that unfolded Sept. 11 in New York City and Washington, D.C.
In keeping with the patriotic spirit that will be prevalent during the parade, a Basehor military veteran will carry this year's mantle of grand marshal.
Basehor Veteran of Foreign Wars member Harry Kelley, a soldier in World War II and Japanese prisoner of war, will be present during the parade and preside over parade ceremonies.
The sign up for parade entries is currently under way. All parade entries that wish to be considered for an award must be registered through the high school, Keeler said.
Anyone that wishes to register for the parade must contact BLHS secretary Joyce McMillen at (913)724-2266.
The four categories in which parade entries will be judged are floats, motorized vehicles, walking groups with more than 16 people, walking groups with less than 16 people, decorative bicycles and the annual class floats competition.
Keeler said parade participants must be ready and in designated areas by 5 p.m.
Designated locations are as follows: floats at Holy Angels Church, located on Leavenworth Road; large vehicles at Basehor Elementary School; small vehicles at the Basehor Charter School, located on the corner of Leavenworth Road and 155th Street; and animals at Basehor Elementary School.
Keeler said any participants with a small vehicle must where a helmet during the parade to comply with safety requirements.
Several roads in the city will also be closed for the duration of the parade, Keeler said.
The Basehor Police Department will keep traffic sealed off for westbound traffic on Leavenworth Road to 147th Street and east bound traffic to 156th Street.
Police also wished to remind residents that the 11 p.m. curfew law will be strictly enforced during the homecoming week to deter any vandalism in the city.