There are many activities scheduled the week of Helias Homecoming. A long standing tradition is the parade. It brings families, alumni, students and the Jefferson City and Helias communities together. The parade is an opportunity for Helias Catholic to display their clubs and sports teams and alumni and athletic programs in the form of floats that are in correlation with this year’s homecoming theme of “Decades.”
Every fall sport from cross country to ladies tennis, entered a float in the parade. All the teams sat on straw bales and some even handed out candy to the crowd lining High Street in Jefferson City. Many clubs like the Life Runners Club also had a float in the parade.
The 2015 Helias Homecoming Court was showcased as they rode through downtown in convertibles. The Homecoming Queen Luci Francka waved to the loud crowd of Helias people as she passed.
Every class from freshman to senior built a float that was related to the theme of this year’s homecoming. This year the theme is “Blast From the Past: Decades.” Each class designed a float of their assigned decade. Freshman were assigned the 20’s, sophomore’s the 80’s, juniors the 70’s and the senior class was the 50’s. The floats will be judged and winners for best float will be announced.
The parade was viewed from many different locations downtown by many groups of Helias supporters. The parade route started just below St. Peters Church and continued up High Street, before turning on Adams Street, then turning on Capitol Avenue and proceeding down it before traveling behind the State Capitol and ending at the parking lot below, where it all began. Along the parade route the streets were lined with Helias families, friend, alumni, and friends of the community. The people gathered and cheered on the various floats, supporting them.
The parade is the midway point of the homecoming festivities. Many Helias people believe it sets the mood for the car smashing which follows that evening, and the game on Saturday night, and ultimately, the Helias Catholic Homecoming Dance held on Sunday.