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Oak Harbor's homecoming spirit paraded down Pioneer

Oak Harbor High School Cheerleaders livened up the parade. Cheerleaders are, front, Lizzie Adkins, and on the right, Beckie White. The back row are Briana Thrift, Shannon Wolfe and Cristey Wolniakowski.  - Rebecca Olson/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor High School Cheerleaders livened up the parade. Cheerleaders are, front, Lizzie Adkins, and on the right, Beckie White. The back row are Briana Thrift, Shannon Wolfe and Cristey Wolniakowski.
— image credit: Rebecca Olson/Whidbey News-Times

High school students and even elementary school students, staff and parents paraded down Pioneer Way to raise spirit for Homecoming and downtown Oak Harbor on Oct. 20.

More than 20 groups participated in the parade. Pioneer Way was lined with smiling watchers and children chasing candy thrown by parade participants.

The Oak Harbor police escorted the parade on motorcycles, followed by NJROTC and the Oak Harbor High School Band. Oak Harbor Elementary School’s traffic safety team, Crescent Harbor Elementary School’s K-Kids Club and Broad View Elementary School’s safety patrol team and flag marching team plus high school Spanish, French, robotics, media arts and Trailblazers clubs, class floats, the Parent-Teacher Association and more paved the way for the Oak Harbor High School cheerleaders and football team. Homecoming royalty followed in convertible cars.

“I really felt a huge sense of community spirit and pride among your audience. The parade was exactly what the community needed,” said Karen Crouch, special events coordinator for the city of Oak Harbor. Crouch said it was great to see smiles on everyone’s faces and after the parade she saw people heading into the shops and restaurants, which is just what downtown needs.

Rebecca Olson/Whidbey News-Times Sarah Gallagher parades down Pioneer Way as part of the Broad View Elementary School Marching Flag Team. John Fisken/Whidbey News-Times Oak Harbor High School crowned Homecoming king and queen Matthew Burgoyne and Regina Carter.

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