Princess Peach made her first appearance in the video game world in Super Mario Bros. in 1985.
But on Thursday night, she could be seen in the flesh at the Bellefonte Area High School homecoming parade.
Abby Young, 17, was part of the Bellefonte senior class that paid tribute to the Super Mario Bros. theme, and dressed like the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom.
The senior said she borrowed a pinkish color dress and a blond wig from a friend who previously wore it for a Halloween costume, and found a crown that completed the look.
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“It’s a fun time, and knew I had to dress up this year and go all out,” Young said. “This is our last year in the parade so it’s a really bittersweet moment and wanted to make the best of it.”
The parade was led by the cheer squad, dancers and marching band that played the school’s fight song, followed by Logan and Undine fire company engines, and floats made by each class, and school in the district.
The school theme for homecoming week was based around vintage video games. The freshman class was escorted on a float that revolved around Frogger, the sophomore class chose Pac-Man and the junior class picked Tetris.
“We’re just hoping to be the best,” said senior class President Andrew Kaschalk. “We won last year as juniors and are hoping to take it home again.”
Thursday rounded out spirit week at the high school leading up to Thursday night’s parade and Friday night’s homecoming football game 7 p.m. against the Central High School Dragons, where the winning float will be featured, and the class king and queen will be announced during halftime.
Senior homecoming queen nominees are Alexa Corman, Jane Li, Sarah Menna, Morgan Rossman, and Olivia Williams. Senior homecoming king nominations are Sam Cini, Matt Feldman, Isaiah Hahn, Hunter Mihalik and Andrew Uhring.
To generate votes, Menna and Uhring created their own social media hashtag, “#MennaUhring2014.”
Like the rest of the nominees, they were escorted on the back of a vehicle that drove in the parade from Bellefonte Elementary School to the high school, and threw candy to onlookers.
“It’s just an honor that my classmates and peers thought I was eligible to even be nominated,” Menna said. “This week I’ve just been trying to participate in all the events.”
At the high school, each day had a different theme. Monday was celebrity day, Tuesday was twin day, Wednesday was a pink out, and Thursday was red and white day. There is no school on Friday.