The Jacksonville State University Homecoming Parade took place Saturday morning at 10:30. The parade started at the Jack’s restaurant and made its way around the square, eventually ending at the campus.
Hundreds of students, alumni and residents lined up on the sides of Pelham Road North.
Whether the children dressed up for Halloween or not didn’t really matter—what mattered was the excited gleam in their eyes as the police sirens went off, signaling the start of the parade.
The parade was led by a truck full of students throwing out candy to the excited people below. The American flag and the Alabama state flag followed close behind.
JSU President John Beehler and the Mayor of Jacksonville, Johnny Smith, took part in the festivities, throwing out candy to children whose parents dove into the street to retrieve the goodies.
Various old-fashioned cars drove through the parade, all of which carried high-profile former students and faculty members. The newly-crowned Homecoming King Ranger Rumrill and Queen and Shelby King were also in attendance.
Pleasant Valley, Jacksonville, and Cherokee high school bands participated in the parade.
The Marching Southerners and the Jacksonville State cheerleaders also marched and performed, much to the delight of the people in attendance.
“Cheerleaders,” said Katelyn, a 6-year-old girl huddled up close to her mom, when asked what her favorite part of the parade was. The parade was more than just free candy to the kids; it was a chance to see some of the talent the JSU students displayed.
JSU’s organizations and clubs showcased their creativity through the decorated floats that passed by. One float depicted Cocky cooking something which could only be the Eastern Kentucky Colonels; another, owned by the Writer’s Club, was grizzly and looked like something straight out of a horror movie.
As the procession came to a close, and children followed their parents back to their cars, it was safe to say by the smiles on the faces of the children that the JSU homecoming parade was a success.