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Details for BRHS homecoming festivities finalized

Published 10:44am Thursday, September 26, 2013

The high for Friday is 82 degrees with a nighttime low expected in upper 50s, but if meteorologists are correct, it won’t rain on Benjamin Russell’s Homecoming Parade.

The parade is scheduled to get in gear around 2:30 p.m. Friday and will depart from behind Alexander City Middle School. The parade will proceed down Calhoun Street, turn left at Carisle Drug, pass through half of the roundabout and go down Church Street, ending at BRHS.

Principal Jose Reyes said that between those already registered and last-minute additions, he expects 35-40 groups and organizations to be featured in the parade.

“Normally we will have our band, ROTC, class maids, our homecoming court, and Mr. and Mrs. BRHS,” Reyes said. “We also got some that will just show up on that day, and they will line up in the back of the line.”

The football game will commence at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex field. The Pride of Benjamin Russell High School will perform before the game, and the homecoming festivities will be held at halftime.

Reyes said that those coming to the game should remember to access the Sportplex via the Elkahatchee Road entrance.

Reyes also urged any potential parade applicants to remember the reason for the event.

“The homecoming parade is about BRHS,” Reyes said. “For any community organizations that enter, we ask maybe they wear BRHS colors. We want as many participants as we can, but we also want to make sure we are promoting school spirit and school colors.”

Signs will designate where each group should line up in the parade, Reyes said.

To get ready for the event, Reyes also added that schools will be dismissing a half day early.

Jim Pearson and Radney Elementary will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. Stephens Elementary will dismiss at 11:35 a.m., and ACMS and BRHS will release students at 11:45 a.m.

“The reason for the staggering of times is for the buses and to help with the congestion for parent riders as well.”

Reyes recommended that those wishing to watch the parade find a spot sometime around 2 p.m.

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