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Friday Parade Celebrates 2021 Escalon High Homecoming
A favorite substitute teacher and familiar figure at nearly every student-centered event at Escalon High School, Mike Fantazia had the place of honor as Grand Marshal for the 2021 Homecoming parade.

Sunny skies, warm temperatures and a bit of a cooling breeze greeted parade watchers on Friday, Sept. 10 as they lined up to view the entries in the 2021 Escalon High School Homecoming Parade.

Serving as emcee was Robert Swift, who offered kudos to Homecoming Commissioners Isabella Nalbandian and Grace Underwood.

“They did a great job, just fantastic,” Swift said of the duo, who worked with the city and the school to coordinate the parade route, entries, judges and more.

The two juniors also planned the week’s dress up days and Homecoming theme.

After the American Legion Gustafson Thompson Post color guard started off the parade, they were followed by this year’s Grand Marshal, Mike Fantazia. He is a familiar figure around the EHS campus, having served as a favorite substitute teacher and also supporting students in athletics and other activities.

Also included among the parade entries were Miss Escalon Madison Hagglund, the Homecoming Queen candidates, Little Mr. and Miss Escalon Marcus Montgomery and Rylee Hawkins, a variety of school groups and more.

Since many floats don’t throw candy anymore, they seem to have switched to blowing bubbles, with the Dent Elementary Dragons enjoying the parade on Friday.
Performing as they march along Main Street, the Escalon High School band also was in the stands during the Friday night Homecoming game, after taking part in the afternoon parade.