BHS Homecoming Parade to showcase Panther spirit

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The spirit of the Bullard Panthers will fill the streets of downtown Bullard next week, as the 2017 Bullard High School Homecoming Parade and Downtown Pep Rally will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20.

“We’re all very excited for this year’s BHS Homecoming parade,” said Jeri Coke, BHS Homecoming Parade organizer. “With Homecoming being earlier this year, getting everything set up and everyone on the same page has been a little challenging, but at the same time, it’s a very exciting time and we’ve sort of jumped in with both feet. We want to get the word out as much as we can and invite everyone to come to the parade and hang out afterwards to cheer on the Panthers.”

The 2017 Homecoming parade will showcase many BHS organizations, clubs, and groups, as well as the Homecoming Court. Organizers for the parade are encouraging Bullard ISD student organizations, as well as community groups, to register to be involved in the parade to show off their Bullard Panther pride.

According to BHS cheerleading sponsor Jennifer Smith, the BHS Homecoming Parade this year will also feature a theme adopted from one of BHS’s Homecoming-themed school days: “Panthers Are Out of This World,” in which organizers are encouraged to decorate their floats using decorations associated with the theme.

The BHS Homecoming Parade’s route will include traveling down the streets of Bullard and finishing downtown, rather than just inside and around the confines of Bullard ISD.

The line up and check-in for the 2017 BHS Homecoming Parade will begin 5:30 p.m. at the bus loop of Bullard Elementary School and Bullard Primary School, with the official check-in location at BES. The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m., traveling from Panther Crossing to the intersection of Schoolhouse Rd., then on to Main St., and finally end at the intersection of Main St. and Phillips St.

According to Coke, the parade tentatively will have performance stops, where organizations such as the Bullard Panther cheerleaders, Panther Band and Twirlers, and Bullard Belles will dazzle attendees with their performance abilities.

Plaques will be handed out by event planners for the best floats at the 201 BHS Homecoming Parade, according to Coke.

After the parade, attendees and participants will gather at the grassy area in front of Bullard City Hall for a community-wide Homecoming pep rally.

Coke said like last year’s event, the 2017 BHS Homecoming Parade will revisit BHS Homecoming traditions of years past, after having several suggestions from BHS alumni about bringing back some of the old traditions involving Homecoming festivities.

“We are continuing to honor Bullard traditions by having the parade go downtown and ending with a yell practice pep rally,” said Coke. “We hope to see many alumni and current Panthers in attendance.”

Coke said one of the aspects of the BHS Homecoming Parade will be to reach out to Bullard business owners and have them decorate their businesses around the Downtown Bullard area for the event. Two winners will be selected for the best business decorations and will receive a free advertisement during the Panthers’ homecoming football game.

“We would love to see businesses get involved by painting store windows, hanging signs, and anything else to show Panther pride,” said Coke. 

During the yell practice pep rally, vendors will be able to set up booths and sell merchandise. All vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, having someone to man the table during the parade and the pep rally, and cleaning up their areas after the event. No electrical outlets will be provided. Currently, there is no charge for vendor space in an effort to encourage participation in the event.

Participants in the 2016 Homecoming parade must follow parade rules set by organizers, including:

• No semi trucks, dump trucks, or recreational vehicles will be allowed in the parade.

• Each parade entrant must submit an entry form and waiver by the registration deadline.

• No candy is allowed to be thrown from parade floats, per safety concerns.

• Each float or entry must display a sign or banner with the name of the business or group represented.

• Floats must be decorated and parade-ready by start time.

• Order of floats or entries will be posted at www.bullardisd.net.

• Inappropriate conduct is basis for automatic removal from the parade, which parade organizers and local law enforcement officials making the determination.

• All vehicles towing a float must have the float properly secured to a vehicle.

• All horse entries will ride at the rear of the parade. Horse owners need to submit a negative Coggins test at check-in.

This year, floats in the BHS Homecoming Parade will be judged in various categories. Winners will be announced at the high school Homecoming pep rally Friday, Sept. 9.

The Bullard Panther varsity football team will take on the Brownsboro Bears for the 2016 Homecoming football game 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Panther Stadium.

“Our vision is to see the parade grow each year,” said Jeri Coke, organizer of the BHS Homecoming Parade. “It not only promotes school spirit, but also promotes the desire for alumni to return to celebrate in our community’s Homecoming festivities.”

The Bullard Panthers will face off against the Commerce Tigers for the 2017 BHS Homecoming Game matchup, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at BHS’s Panther Stadium.

For more information about the BHS Homecoming Parade, email Coke at jeri.coke@bullardisd.net.

Headline: BHS Homecoming Parade to fill streets with Panther spirit Wednesday, Sept. 20

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