By: Ryleigh Reagan
Students, faculty, alumni and members of the community showed up bright and early Saturday morning for the Homecoming parade despite the brisk weather.
The Missouri Western homecoming parade started off the last day of homecoming on Saturday Oct. 12 through downtown St. Joseph. The parade consisted of the Missouri Western marching band and area school marching bands, floats for local organizations, sororities and fraternities and more. Area schools such as Benton, Lafayette, Dekalb and Kearney had their marching bands performing as well.
The Golden Griffons Marching Band showed their talent in the parade, and drum major Andy Day was happy with how the band performed.
“It’s been absolutely phenomenal this year,” Day said.
One float, put together by the Recreation Services of Thomas Eagleton Indoor Pool, took this year’s homecoming theme of the ‘90s and put it in their float. Using a spinoff version of the ‘90s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” the float was called Saved by the Whistle.
This was the group’s second year being in the parade, and staff member Jende Smith felt that they had a great time.
“We really try to embrace the festivities. We got a kick out of it being ‘90s themed this year,” Smith said.
While the weather may have kept some from enjoying the festivity, those that participated didn’t seem affected by it.
Captain of the Missouri Western Mystics Alexa Dixon enjoyed her third year being a part of the homecoming parade.
“The parade was awesome. It was supposed to be really cold but the weather wasn’t too bad,” Dixon said. “We had fun spiriting through downtown.”
Aside from the Mystics, the Missouri Western Dance Company was also a part of the parade with one of their founders, and homecoming royalty Jordan Alford.
The parade was the start to the last day of homecoming and later events took place like alumni tailgating. Where students and alumni were able to enjoy cook-out styled food, play music and mingle with each other before the homecoming game.
The Missouri Western football game against Missouri Southern started at 4 p.m. and was followed by a fireworks show from Schnieder’s Fireworks.