Written by Priyanka Panigrahi Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
On Saturday, Oct. 3, the students of Manhasset High School showed their class spirit by marching in the Homecoming Parade for each of their respective classes. The themes this year were especially creative in comparison to previous years and the students worked very hard to make their floats depict their theme accurately. In addition to the current students of Manhasset High School, the class of 1964 also marched in the parade, demonstrating that their spirit as a class had never faded.
The first to begin the parade was the Manhasset High School Marching Band, playing a number from Westside Story. The marching band, including their color guard as well as the band itself, accurately demonstrated exactly why they had been placing so well at a series of marching band competitions this year. As they led the parade, they raised the spirits of all who were watching, setting the mood for all the classes to follow.
Following the marching band was the class of 1964. Although they were a small group, they certainly didn’t have less spirit. As they marched, they showed all who were in the audience that their enthusiasm for their class had not lessened in the years that had passed since graduating from high school. Holding a banner with the words, “MHS Class of 1964,” they walked proudly down Plandome Road after the marching band.
The four floats from the classes of the high school followed the class of 1964 during the parade, starting with the class of 2013. Although it was only their first year of experiencing homecoming and making a float, they gave the other classes some tough competition. Their theme this year was “under the sea” and they certainly didn’t cut any corners. Their float was complete with a yellow submarine, a blue base, and a series of fish and other sea animals on the edges of the float. Their enthusiasm as a class also demonstrated just how spirited they actually were as they tried to demonstrate to the judges of the float competition that they were in fact the most spirited of all of the classes. Their hard work earned them second place in the float competition, beating out both the juniors and the seniors. It’s fair to say that their hard work paid off.
The second of the floats belonged to the class of 2012. After winning the float competition last year, and also winning the hallway spirit competition the previous morning, the sophomores were marching in the parade not only to demonstrate their spirit as a class, but to illustrate exactly why they had won spirit competitions in the past. Their theme this year was “Whoville home of 2012,” based on the Dr. Seuss book and movie, Horton Hears a Who. The sophomores certainly did their theme justice with their very accurate elephant, Dr. Seuss fish, and colorful shrubbery which was just like that depicted in the book, the movie, and other Dr. Seuss creations. Not only did the float itself adhere to theme, but many of the students who were marching in the parade had been wearing Dr. Seuss shirts, which tied their theme together. Their creativity and hard work earned them another first place win in the float competition, demonstrating their previous wins were not by accident, as some would want to think.
The third of the floats belonged to the class of 2011. Their theme, “Candy Fun with the Class of 2011” was depicted accurately through not only the float itself but the members of the class who were marching in the parade as well. The juniors created a life-like ginger bread house complete with various different types of candy and decorations in addition to a picture of a ginger bread man in the window of the house waving to those who had come out to watch the parade. The class itself was also very spirited, wearing only pastel shirts and jeans to accurately depict their theme. In a special treat for everyone who watched the parade, especially young children, the members of the class handed out various different types of candy. Their work on their float as well as their spirit as a class earned them third place in the float competition.
The class of 2010 was the last of the four floats to be displayed in the parade. In light of their reputation as a class, and their previous experiences during homecoming, the senior class picked a theme which they believed accurately depicted these experiences; “2010 Disqualified Again.” Their theme, which was very different from what they or any other class had done in the past, was depicted accurately through the float itself. They built a version of part of the high school and made it look worn. They created broken windows, falling bricks and put police tape all over the building. Their spirit as a class, however, was not worn. They marched with police tape around their waists and demonstrated just how much spirit they actually had for their class. Their efforts earned them fourth place in the float competition, but they definitely left something to be remembered by themselves, the other classes of the high school, as well as everyone who was present.
At the end of the parade, the fire department followed. It is fair to say, that despite a little drizzle during the parade, the floats were a great success and fun for everyone in the audience to watch. The classes did a wonderful job of demonstrating their class spirit and the float designs were creative and different from previous years. All of those in attendance at the 2009 Homecoming Parade definitely enjoyed themselves and those who marched in the parade illustrated that they had spirit that would be hard to beat in coming years.