The strong sense of anticipation could be felt amongst the crowd.
“When is it going to start?” several young children asked their parents.
Just seconds after the mothers could say, “Soon, honey,” the sirens from the fire truck traditionally used to begin the parade resounded through the crowd as the 50th anniversary Homecoming Parade and Tailgate went underway on Ebenezer Rd. in Perry Hall, Md.
“The parade and tailgate were both amazing,” senior Kaly Clauss, a member of this year’s Homecoming Court, said. “I felt incredibly pumped for the game and for our team. I felt so lucky to be a part of this school. It was so much fun."
Spirited convertibles and trucks filled with students, faculty, alumni and other community members paraded down Ebenezer Rd. Friday afternoon toward the high school. Cheers could be heard throughout the entire parade route, and it was that never-ending spirit that reminded alumni of their times at the Hall.
“Attending Towson and commuting from home, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d miss the Hall,” Class of 2013 graduate Christine Qabar said. “The community, the sense of pride. Coming back and seeing all the spirit and liveliness reminded me just how lovely and endearing the Perry Hall community is.”
After the last parade vehicle pulled into the high school grounds, the crowd shifted further down the parking lot to the annual tailgate, complete with catered food by Bill’s Seafood. According to Student Council President Ajay Mahesh, newfound efforts to include more of the Perry Hall community were successful.
"The parade and tailgating this year has been continuing the tradition of serving to the community and school,” Mahesh said. “This year we have had a new goal to involve more community members in these events by including booths which community organizations can participate. So far it has been a success and hopefully this can set a new precedent."
Mission BBQ, Qdoba and Premier Driving School were a few of the community businesses that took part in the homecoming festivities, according to Mahesh.
The sense of community continued even as the sun set as students and alumni flocked to the homecoming football game to see the Gators take on the Parkville Knights.