Panthers paraded proudly down Main Street on Friday as students celebrated homecoming. Behind police cruisers and fire trucks, the marching band led the parade that started at Calvert and West streets around 5:30 p.m.
Many faculty and student groups participated including the art club and ROTC. Some of the floats included one with a world theme to represent International Baccalaureate students and a "Welcome to the Jungle" theme by the varsity field hockey team, who will play in the second round of the Class 3A state tournament on Monday.
Each class decorated a vehicle as well and representatives from each grade threw candy at the crowd that lined the streets. Another highlight of the parade included convertibles carrying waving school officials such as Donald Lilley, principal of Annapolis High; Monique Jackson, principal of Annapolis Middle; Diane Bragdon, principal of Bates Middle; and even Christopher Truffer, regional assistant superintendent for the Annapolis cluster schools.
The end of the parade included several horses, followed by parade participants carrying shovels and wearing Northeast High T-shirts—Annapolis' homecoming game opponent. The Panthers won their first football game, which was their last game of the season, on Friday night against the Eagles (35-21).
The parade's conclusion intermingled with the Occupy Annapolis protestors at City Dock gathered at the corner of Main and Randall streets.