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OHS, Community Prepare For Homecoming Parade
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OHS seniors Alex Reyes and Juan Torres focused on their artwork Saturday as the high school student body flooded F Street and Yosemite Avenue painting Disney-themed windows celebrating Homecoming Week. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

Streets will once again close down to make way for the Oakdale High School student body and the Annual Homecoming Parade. The event will be hosted on Friday, Oct. 14 beginning at 1:30 p.m. to conclude the week of homecoming events. Homecoming royalty will be crowned later that evening at the Corral. (See photos, Page A3.)

Line-up for the parade will begin on West J Street and then it proceeds down Gilbert Avenue, turning at the roundabout to head east on G Street in the direction of the Oakdale Joint Unified district office. The parade will turn right off G Street on to South Second Avenue, go left on East H Street, then turn left on South Third. Once it reaches the corner of G Street and South Third Avenue, it will turn left, returning back to the high school by heading west along G Street. Participants will include the OHS band, varying clubs, as well as floats representing each grade level for judging.

“The parade is not big, but it means a lot to the community, the district and the students,” Leadership advisor Guy Fowler said.

He also made note that Friday is a minimum day throughout the school district and hopes this encourages families to attend the annual parade with their children.

Spectators are encouraged to line areas of G Street between South Third and South Bryan. The parade will conclude in front of Oakdale High School.

“The route was changed due to OPD and OHS concerns with permits from the highway patrol and Caltrans,” Fowler said of the relocation of the parade from the former F Street route. “By making this slight change we have eliminated shutting down a highway and having to get permits from the state.”

The theme of the 2016 Homecoming is Disney: “The happiest Homecoming on Earth.”

“Kids have been working hard on their floats for the past three weeks,” Fowler said of the effort put in by students.

The OHS Homecoming Parade is an annual event, free to the community.