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Sycamore’s homecoming parade out of this world

SYCAMORE – For Brendon O’Higgins, it was the perfect night for Sycamore High School’s homecoming parade.

The Sycamore resident, whose daughter is a Sycamore High School freshman, was one of dozens who lined State Street from west to east Wednesday evening for the parade. 

The sky darkened throughout the parade and the chilly weather demanded coats and even gloves for many of the people who came out but nevertheless the streets were alive with sirens and cheers. 

“It was awesome to get everybody out and support a homecoming game which should be phenomenal,” O’Higgins said. 

This year’s homecoming theme was “Space: The Final Frontier,” said James Baratta, the high school’s student council adviser and English teacher. He said there were about 39 floats for this year’s parade.

The student council voted on the theme, which was one option among many others such as Arabian Nights and Harry Potter, he said. Each school club or sport had the option of decorating its golf cart for the parade and tie into the outer space theme.

While Sycamore Police and Fire Department cars led the parade, they were soon followed by lines of golf carts decorated with sparkly streamers, wings and green stars. One golf cart strewn with corn stalks riffed on the theme by calling itself “The Final Farmtier.” 

“It’s a great way to involve the high school and the community,” Baratta said about the homecoming parade. “The kids love being able to drive these golf carts through the town.”

Sycamore High School senior Shannon Maher, who was on the volleyball float, found the parade a lot of fun. 

“We saw a lot of our past teachers we grew up with,” she said. “And it was fun to see everybody and be able to participate.”

Steve Balster, Sycamore High School assistant principal, said the school had a lot of good people put in the time necessary to make the parade run smoothly. He noticed the students were enjoying themselves and the community response to the parade was good.

“Even with the coolness, it was very well attended,” he said.

On Friday at halftime of the varsity football game, the homecoming king and queen will be announced. The homecoming court candidates include: Jack Dargis, Alexa Farris, Jake Hickey, Sydney Milner, Alex Kozak, Ashley Yunek, Devin Mottet, Hannah Gross, Jake Swick and Emily Friesen. 

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