The Westfield High School Homecoming Parade will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. It starts at Westfield Intermediate school, winds around Westfield Middle school and ends in the WHS parking lot.
This year’s theme is “Sweet Victory.”
“Each year we choose a theme, so the floats can all decorate within that theme,” said Mitzi Eichenberger, parade chairperson. “This year, they’ll decorate anything related to sweets, so they can do candy, doughnuts, honey or whatever is sweet to them.”
There are around 55 entries or groups represented this year in the time-honored tradition.
“If we have a winning team from the season before, they’ll be invited to be in the parade,” Eichenberger said. “We will also have the cheerleaders, color guard and each high school club. Also, every school in the district is represented with a float.”
The groups have worked on their floats since the start of the school year.
“They start brainstorming and coming up with ideas early on,” Eichenberger said. “They’ll start gathering materials or raising money for them. A lot of these high school clubs don’t have a lot of money on-hand, so it takes some time.”
Local celebrities also will attend.
“Dave Smiley from the “Smiley Morning Show” is our grand marshal,” Eichenberger said. “Last year, Blue from the Indianapolis Colts was our mascot. He had so much fun he’s coming back this year.”
The parade is open to the public.
“It’s a family friendly event that everyone can enjoy,” Eichenberger said. “Even people who don’t have kids or grandkids in the school system can come out and enjoy the parade.”