LocalNew route this year for DeKalb homecoming parade Chili dinner, pep rally, powder puff game to follow By CHRISTOPHER HEIMERMANEmailFollowSept. 19, 2017CaptionPhotos by Sam Buckner for Shaw Media (Caption: Ben Rodriguez and Andrea Morales perform on their float during the 2016 DeKalb High School homecoming parade. The parade will take a new route this year, rather than going through downtown.) The annual celebration of Barbs pride will be staged on McCormick Street and step off at 5:30 p.m., heading north on First Street toward West Dresser Road. It will turn left on West Dresser and end in the back parking lot of DeKalb High School.Caption(Caption: Homecoming court nominees Cole Tucker and Izzy Hayes throw candy to parade goers on Thursday September 29, 2016.) A chili dinner sponsored by the high school marching band will happen after the parade, and it will be followed by a coronation of homecoming court and pep rally, and then the powder puff game.Caption(Caption: Austin Dirks warms up before stepping off at the DHS Homecoming parade on Thursday September 29, 2016.) In past years, the parade made its way from North Third Street to Clinton Rosette Middle School. “Then they’d have to get back to the high school, so it was almost like another parade,” said health assistant and Student Council adviser Jaci Schramm.Caption(Caption: Sydney Alger plays a violin on the outdoor adventure club float at the homecoming parade on Thursday September 29, 2016.) She said ample parking lots line the route, too, between churches and Katz Park and, of course, the high school. The only part of the festivities that has a cost is the chili dinner, which is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. It comes with Wendy’s chili, a hot dog, chips and a drink. Streets and intersections will be closed along the route. Questions? Call the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400. DeKALB – The homecoming parade is taking a different route this year, but the school song and fun will remain the same.