GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School students celebrated the beginning of their homecoming activities with a festive parade Friday morning at 10 a.m.
Last year there was not a regular parade but classes, organizations and sports teams set up displays on the high school campus and visitors were invited to drive through to view the displays. Parade participants really enjoyed the opportunity to wind their way through town again this year rather than having spectators come to them.
The parade was led by a Gravette police car, followed closely by Gravette fire trucks and emergency vehicles. Members of the Gravette High School band strutted their stuff, marching smartly down the street and pausing occasionally to play the school fight song. Snazzy sports cars and vintage vehicles carried queen candidates Reese Hamilton, Nicole Vogt and Holly Robinson, other members of the homecoming court and area royalty. Members of several Gravette sports teams and cheerleading squads rode on other vehicles.
Several school classes and clubs entered floats in the parade with the senior class float taking honors as the best parade entry. The seniors' float featured a circus theme with lions, a clown, a weightlifter and others performing in three decorated rings. With the Elkins Elks as the Lions' foes in the homecoming football game, several floats capitalized on the idea of hunting elk or grilling elk as their parade theme. The fifth-grade football team float featured a hunting blind decorated with camouflage material and footballs inscribed with the players' names. Members of the sophomore class float brought along their barbecue grill and were preparing to grill the Elks.
Students continued their homecoming weekend celebration with a pep rally at 2 p.m., homecoming ceremonies preceding the game Friday evening that saw Nicole Vogt crowned homecoming queen, and a homecoming dance on Saturday evening.