Homecoming parade, carnival and dance

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On Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m., the annual Jupiter High homecoming parade started at Jupiter Lanes on Maplewood Drive and headed south to Tony Penna Drive.

Criminal justice student, junior Erin Johansen, assisted Officer Carla Irons with blocking off streets so cars would stay off the roads during the parade.

“The parade was interesting…I wish it was longer. I had to run away from our post to escape the rain,” Johansen said.

Even through the rain, Warriors on the club and class floats continued to throw candy to the crowds that lined the streets, and the homecoming court sat in convertibles and waved to onlookers.

SGA Vice President, junior Carty Murphy, was the main coordinator of the parade.

“The entire school looks forward to the dress-up day,s and the younger kids in Jupiter get to enjoy the parade, which one day they might be a part of,” Murphy said.

Right after the parade was the annual homecoming carnival. It was held in the JHS courtyard and was free to students when they presented their ID’s. Clubs, classes and sports were each assigned a spot in the courtyard to attract attendees. A shaved ice truck was at the carnival, as well as a DJ.

SGA member, junior Elyssa Belcastro, helped with the parade and homecoming decorations.

“It’s a great accomplishment that takes months to work on, so just seeing it all come together and be successful is nice,” Belcastro said.

The doors opened for the homecoming dance on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. This year’s theme was “Warriors in the City.” SGA President, senior Halley Kunda, was the main coordinator of the dance. From the subway cart decorations to the playbill posters, those who attended the dance were taken to New York City for the night.

Planning the dance began in May, and all of the decorations were handmade by SGA, coordinating with the theme.

“The most exciting part about organizing each event is the fact that you have a say in what gets to happen and also you get to see all your hard work of planning pay off,” said Kunda.