Downtown streets were temporarily closed Thursday night for the annual State College Area homecoming parade that leads up to the football game 7 p.m. Friday against Chambersburg.
It was also the highlight of homecoming week, which each day had a different theme including ‘Merica Monday, western Tuesday, Penn State blue and white Wednesday and class color day Thursday. Friday is designated as maroon and gray day to honor school colors.
State High Assistant Principal Christina Manning said the overall theme this year is “Living the Dream in 20-16” — a play on words to semi rhyme with the graduating class year.
The parade included junior and senior high students who participated in athletics and extracurricular activities, and some elementary school students, alumni groups, the marching band and others from about 40 district organizations with decorated floats.
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The parade began at 6 p.m. at the State High North Building parking lot, proceeded down Westerly Parkway toward Allen Street to Nittany Avenue and ended near Memorial Field.
“What’s so great about our homecoming parade is that it’s truly about our school and our community,” Manning said.