Skies clear for Sailors fans |

Skies clear for Sailors fans

Sun shines on afternoon homecoming parade downtown

Zach Fridell

— The clouds parted, and there was a parade.

After a day of drizzle and occasional downpours, the sun shone through just in time for Steamboat Springs High School’s homecoming parade to make its way down Fifth Street toward Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Themed “Las Vegas Magic,” the class floats were designed in the spirit of famous Vegas hotels and casinos.

The junior class float was bedecked with a large plywood guitar for Hard Rock Cafe.

Juniors Matthia Duryea and Emily Rabbitt carried pieces of the float after the parade had ended. Duryea said the rain didn’t dampen spirits but made the day better.

“It made it that much more fun,” she said.

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Junior Class President Kylee Swiggart said the float took about 14 hours to make, with about 15 classmates working on the project.

“We came out with, ‘we have to beat the other classes,'” she said. Last year, the freshman class won the best float award and Swiggart said her class was determined to win this year.

The rain also held off soaking the homecoming royalty, who, along with Grand Marshall Johnny Walker, rode in the backs of convertibles along the parade route.

The marching band didn’t appear to be so lucky. Christian Poirot, a freshman trumpet player, said the group was walking in the rain for about 30 minutes before the skies cleared. Despite the soaking, Poirot said he would do it again if he could.

Homecoming week events included dress-up days, bingo at lunch Thursday and two pep assemblies.

Principal Kevin Taulman said he had no doubts going into the rainy parade because “it always works out.”

With all of the class cheers, Assistant Principal Marty Lamansky said students might lose their voices for the weekend.

“The kids seem pretty spirited. They will probably have no voices on Monday, but there’s no school, so it will be OK,” he said.

Homecoming activities continue today, with volleyball playing Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley at home; soccer playing Rifle at home on Dudley Field at Emerald Park; cross-country athletes running at the Wiggins Invitational; junior varsity and C-team football versus Laramie, Wyo., at home; and a school dance from 9 p.m. to midnight in the school gym.

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2008 homecoming court

The 2008 Steamboat Springs High School Homecoming King and Queen were selected at halftime of the Sailors Friday night football game.

– King

Weston Kim

– Queen

Kacey Bull