Local businesses, groups invited to take part in homecoming parade
BULLHEAD CITY — The countdown to Mohave High School’s golden anniversary begins this month with the Thunderbirds’ 49th annual homecoming parade. The yearly parade down Hancock Road will be Friday, Sept. 21.
Instead of an afternoon parade, the 2018 procession will begin at 9:30 a.m. to take advantage of cooler temperatures for marchers and minimize the impact on businesses along the parade route.
In addition to floats and entries by two dozen Mohave High sports programs, teams, clubs and organizations, area businesses and organizations are again invited to participate in the parade at no charge.
Entries will stage that morning at the corner of Gemstone Avenue and Langford Drive.
The parade route will run east on Hancock from Langford to the high school’s north entrance, just west of Highway 95. Hancock Road will be closed by the Bullhead City Police Department during the parade. Businesses in the area are being notified by members of Mohave’s student council.
Traditionally, hundreds of onlookers line the parade route. Hancock will have “rolling closures,” reopening once the parade has passed.
An earlier start to the parade gives football players, band members, cheerleaders and others a chance to recharge before that night’s homecoming football game against the Flagstaff High School Eagles.
The parade’s theme is “Welcome to the Jungle” because, said student body vice president Zachary Rajapakse, “We’re definitely not in the jungle in the Mohave Desert.”
All proceeds from the parade will benefit the student council’s charity of choice, Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Business sponsorships are available for the parade, including actual and in-kind donations.
The first bell for classes at Mohave High rang on Sept. 5, 1969. The school will be gearing up for Mohave’s 50th anniversary next year.
Additional information about the parade, including float entries and sponsorship opportunities, may contact Rajapakse at email@example.com, student body president Jared Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or student council faculty adviser David Lipinski at either email@example.com or 928-758-3916, ext. 1291.