BLHS celebrating homecoming with Mardis Gras theme
The taste of New Orleans' past is coming to the community nearest you.
The theme of Friday night's homecoming parade is "Midnight Masquerade," which pays homage to the Mardi Gras celebration.
Basehor-Linwood students had chosen the theme before hurricanes blasted through the Gulf Coast recently. High school officials said students asked to retain the theme in the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, in hopes of spurring on humanitarian efforts to benefit those victimized in the south.
The deadline for entry into the Basehor-Linwood homecoming parade is today. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Sherry McKinley at the high school, (913) 724-2266, by 3 p.m.
This year's homecoming festivities will kick off this evening with a bonfire behind the high school. A disc jockey will provide music and the high school's dancers and cheerleaders will also perform.
The event begins at 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.
The homecoming parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The parade route will run between Leavenworth and Parallel roads, along 155th Street. Staging areas for all floats entered into the parade will be at Basehor Elementary School's parking lot, 155th Terrace and 156th Street; entries must meet at one of those locations by 5 p.m.
Walking groups, decorated vehicles and decorated motorcycles also need to meet by 5 p.m. at the sixth-grade center. Motorcycles or dirt bikes will not be allowed to enter the parade.
The high school booster club will sponsor a barbecue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday as part of the homecoming celebration.
Homecoming candidates will be introduced and the 2005 king and queen will be crowned at halftime of the football game against the Columbus Titans. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.