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Homecoming Parade Plays Out Under Autumn Skies
Marking their 50th class reunion, the Escalon High School graduating class of 1972 had a float in the parade and a presence at the Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 16. Marg Jackson/The Times
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The freshman class went all out for their New York-themed float, down to the big screen reminiscent of Times Square and the Statue of Liberty making an appearance. Marg Jackson/The Times

It was a nearly picture-perfect autumn afternoon for a parade, with music, floats, Homecoming Queen candidates and more. The downtown Escalon High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, Sept. 16 saw people lined up on both sides of Main Street, several rows deep in spots, to enjoy the festivities.

Along with the smiles and the cheers, there were some poignant moments as well, with the sons and grandsons of Greg Largent riding in his honor as Grand Marshal and the First Responders class carrying a banner honoring Kurt Pettitt. Both men were mainstays within the Escalon Unified School District; Largent passed away on Sept. 11 and Pettitt this past summer, on June 11.

A notable float in the parade was the one ridden on by several members of the Class of 1972, gathering to observe their 50th class reunion.

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Candy was tossed to the crowd by marchers all along the parade route and attendees also were on the lookout for their favorite parade entry as it made its way along Main Street on Friday afternoon, Sept. 16. Marg Jackson/The Times
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It was a colorful blue and gold float that was in the Friday afternoon parade carrying the Van Allen Vikings, several kids riding along the parade route while other students walked behind and tossed candy to the crowd. Marg Jackson/The Times