GENOA – The Genoa-Kingston High School mascot didn’t travel alone for the homecoming parade this year.
Senior Amanda Murray decided to dress as Cogs for the parade but had a Cogs groom as well. It was part of the “Just Got Married” theme for the high school senior float that was part of this year’s “Las Vegas” theme. Murray is part of the high school’s student council and helped coordinate the homecoming parade, which she found had one of the best turnouts this year than in the past.
“The parade is always a huge deal for homecoming,” she said.
On Friday afternoon, fall sports teams, students and the high school’s homecoming court traveled around Genoa and ended their journey at the Genoa-Kingston Middle School. Each high school class in the parade had its own theme that related to the Las Vegas theme, Murray said. Junior students had an Egyptian pyramid in their float and sophomore students had a New York theme. Some of the freshman students were dressed as dice.
One sports team that participated in the parade was the Genoa-Kingston Broncos. The youth football organization has more than 100 students from ages 6 to 11 who are football players or cheerleaders.
The G-K Broncos parade float included a giant head of a fierce horse and a football field goal post. Mike Marth, vice president of the organization, said about 60 to 70 of the organization’s youths participated in the parade.
Marth said the parade this year seemed to have a lot more involvement, and it’s always special for the children involved.
“They’re the reason we do this,” he said.
Kingston resident Amy Awe said it was great to see all of the fall sports teams in the parade. Awe, who has two children in Genoa-Kingston School District 424, said the Genoa community connects well with the school district.
“That’s why we moved here,” she said. “… for the strong community spirit and the football programs.”