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9/21/2012 12:01:00 AM
PRESCOTT HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE: Community cheers on Badgers prior to big game
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierThe Prescott High School Varsity football team waves to the crowd while riding on top of the Prescott Fire Deparmentís Ladder 72 fire truck Thursday evening during the annual Homecoming Parade on Whiskey Row.
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The Prescott High School Varsity football team waves to the crowd while riding on top of the Prescott Fire Deparmentís Ladder 72 fire truck Thursday evening during the annual Homecoming Parade on Whiskey Row.
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Prescott High School students took over the streets of downtown for their annual Homecoming Parade around the Square. Here is a glimpse of what the parade had to offer.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

As Prescott High School football player Joe McCarty was about to get on a Prescott Fire Department engine for the homecoming parade, he said he was looking forward to the football game on Friday night.

"It's a pretty big game," said McCarty, a senior, about playing the Cactus Shadows Falcons from Cave Creek.

People lined the courthouse plaza Thursday night to watch the parade, cheer on the team, take photos and videos of their kids in the parade, and visit with friends and neighbors.

Jacqueline Licavoli, a PHS senior, said she was at the parade to support her brother Tony Licavoi, part of freshman royalty.

"Homecoming is one of the most fun events at the school," Jacqueline said. "The football game is the best and everyone participates."

Albert and Clara Guzman were at the parade to support their daughter Adriana, a senior, who is homecoming royalty - and because it's a family tradition.

"We've come to the parade every year and we've being doing it since the kids were little," Clara said, adding that Adriana's older brothers, Albert and Anthony, had played football for PHS. "It's just so awesome to see the community come together. This is what Prescott is all about."

The Air Force Junior ROTC color guard led off the parade, followed by the Pride of Prescott Marching Band, cheer and pom, the Badger, the class floats, gay student alliance, photo club, National Honor Society, homecoming royalty, and the football team on the fire truck.

The Prescott High School Young Democrats, Young Republicans and Independents marched together in a show of election year solidarity, and Rick and Melanie Guzman were there to see their daughter Elise Guzman, a junior, march with the group.

Carol David said her daughter Jackie David, a senior and president of the National Honor Society, enjoyed dressing up for the themed days during the week and, on the Seven Seas Wild Day, she and several friends wore T-shirts with the letter C on them and took photos.

After the parade, a bonfire was held at Prescott Mile High Middle School, and Michelle Copeland said her daughter Darby Copeland, a junior, was looking forward to singing there with the show choir.

"We go to all the show choir's performances," said Dennis Montgomery, a neighbor.

"The music department at the high school is so good," added his wife April.

Ruth Hughes, who was wearing her PHS alumni shirt, said her son Josh Vianello, a sophomore with the Pride of Prescott Marching Band, was excited about all the band performances, the bonfire, the game and the dance. "Following a sad week at the high school, it's good that the students get a chance to get their spirits up," Hughes said. "It's been a little more somber this year, but the students can see support from the community."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Article comment by: Hood Ornament

Had one of our precious "athletes" fallen off the fire truck, would the city be liable and our tax dollars forced to pay for his care??

Considering their athletic abilities from watching their games I'd say this was a distinct possibility...


Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: bob sampson

To the person who wrote "what a disgrace". Sounds like you may need some counseling, sounds like your depressed and upset. You many need to get help yourself. What a grump.

Come on Big Blue, go get em tnight. Can't wait for the game. Good luck men.


Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jack May

I love a parade ......

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: gerald Insley

As a former Badger player, later coach, I still have my lettermen's sweater and fond memories of homecoming. It was wartime in the mid 40's but we had a parade, royalty and the whole schmeer great days for us. Jerry Insley Class of "45"

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: @ wow what a disgrace

You are right - how dare the students enjoy themselves with a homecoming parade!?!?!


The whole world must stop whenever there is a tragedy.


Get a clue.


Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: wow what a disgrace.....

After two suicides n as many weeks we as a community read about this on the FRONT page of the paper-very sad PUSD and PHS are so wrapped up in themselves and not the students-PArents need to get a clue about what their children will do at this homecoming- drinking and drugs ........wow people get a grip on reality!

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Teddy Tradition

Good to see PHS actually doing something for homecoming. At Bradshaw it's pathetic.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: ArrowWood There

Wasn't fun when the Police wouldn't allow those of us to turn around to take a different route to get to our destinations. I ended up being 10 minutes late for work. Thank You!!

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Badger Mama

Yes, it could have been more organized.

However - wasn't it fun to hear the rallying marching band music, watch all the little kids dancing around trying to catch candy being thrown by students, and see how much this tradition still matters to this community? How do you NOT smile a parade? There was an elderly couple there who were sweethearts at PHS over 52 years and go and stlll are - she was wearing his letterman's sweater from 1952 and they were holding hands! Then the bonfire afterward to keep us from catching fire :0) THANK YOU PPD and FireFighters you had your hands full! What a night - it was beautiful! Don't be a grump! Come sit by me on my rainbow! Better yet come to game Friday night!


Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: ArrowWood There

Would have been nice if the City of Prescott would have closed affected roads prior to this event. Getting stuck in this mess was unnecessary and could have saved the public from idling for over 20 minutes.



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