David Naranjo | Special to the Index
As the new school year welcomes students and teachers back to the classrooms of Mineral Wells ISD, this year’s homecoming will welcome new traditions.
On Thursday, Sept. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m., decorated vehicles and floats will line the streets of Downtown Mineral Wells as the community prepares for the 2013 Homecoming Parade.
Only, this year – instead of turning west on Hubbard Street, toward Miller Stadium – the parade will turn east on S.E. 1st Street.
“The parade will continue in the left lane until it reaches the Bank of America building, at which point the procession will be slowed and the band, any foot traffic and other non-motorized elements will be picked up by buses and private vehicles,” said Chief of Police Dean Sullivan.
Any high school students who were on foot in the parade will be transported to the bonfire site.
In years past, any member or group that was not motorized would continue on foot all the way down West Hubbard until they reached Miller Stadium.
“The floats will continue however, at a very slow pace,” Sullivan explained, adding that police will escort parade floats all the way down S.E. 1st Street until they reach Farm-to-Market Road 1821.
At this point, he said the parade will turn north on FM 1821 to Ram Boulevard.
Once the floats reach Ram Boulevard, it is unclear at the moment as to whether or not band members, the Wranglerettes, and the cheerleaders will regroup for the parade en route to the bonfire.
“Using some improvised containers and particular types of wood that doesn’t have embers and won’t create a fire hazard, we’ll have a bonfire in the parking lot,” Sullivan said. “Due to the burn ban, we’re proposing an alternative and much safer solution.”