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Herndon Homecoming Parade Beats Drizzle

The theme of the 2013 parade was “Sea Swept.”

Alumni and friends of Herndon Elementary School marched in this year's parade.

Alumni and friends of Herndon Elementary School marched in this year's parade. Photo by Ryan Dunn/The Connection

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The Herndon High ROTC Color Guard helped lead the 2013 Herndon Homecoming parade.

Despite overcast weather and a continued drizzle, Herndon High School held the annual homecoming parade in downtown Herndon on Saturday, Oct. 12. Parade participants began staging on Sterling Road, where the parade kicked off at 9:30 a.m. The parade then turned left onto Elden Street and headed into downtown.

Herndon resident Tim Phillips, owner of Rock Creek Productions Inc., whose son plays percussion, captured some video footage of the Herndon High band performing during the event. “The band has been an amazing experience for my kids,” said Phillips.

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Members of the Herndon High "Pride of Herndon" Band marching in the homecoming parade.

The Herndon High School marching band “The Pride of Herndon” has been selected by members of Congress and the United States Marine Band to represent Virginia in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. A resolution was passed by the Herndon Town Council in October to offset each student's cost to Pearl Harbor by $50.

Herndon High's Theatre Department marched in the parade, performing numbers from their upcoming musical, “Seussical.” The musical begins production at Herndon High School on Nov. 15, 16 and 17. The Herndon High School Step Team was also in the parade and demonstrated several step routines.

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The Herndon High School Theatre team participated in this year's event.

At least 50 entries marched in the parade, including community clubs and teams, schools, local organizations, businesses, and both town and state officials.

The parade traveled down Elden until it turns onto Lynn Street and went down to Center Street, where Herndon Town Councilmembers and Mayor Lisa Merkel had a grandstand from which they judged this year's floats. Judges for the event included councilmembers Sheila Olem, David Kirby, Melissa Jonas, Vice Mayor Connie Hutchinson, and Town of Herndon Chief of Police Colonel Maggie A. DeBoard.

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The senior class float was based off Pirates of the Caribbean. The theme for this year's parade was "Sea Swept."

“I am happy with the number of people that came out despite the weather and that so many people were able to participate,” said John Mossesso. Mossesso has been running the Herndon homecoming operation for more than 20 years. Mossesso is also the volunteer coordinator for the summer Herndon Festival.

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Richard Downer holds the Richard Downer Award, which was awarded to Girls Scouts Service Units 51-9 and 51-11.

“We thank everyone for coming out … the participants were top quality and we enjoyed the show,” said councilmember Olem. “I am so glad everyone came out despite the drizzling rain,” said councilmember Jonas. “I was glad to see all the spirit everyone has for the town.”

The theme of the 2013 parade was "Sea Swept." Herndon High's senior class of 2014 took home first place in the Class Float category with their Pirates of the Caribbean theme. The freshman class of 2017 had a float with a “Finding Nemo” theme. To combat the rain, some participants in the parade brought umbrellas and rain jackets.

Award Winners

  • CIVIC:

Second Place: Herndon Optimist's Youth Sports

First Place: Cub Scouts Pack 913

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Herndon High School Step Team members with Coach Gary Bushrod (center) hold the first place trophy awarded to the step team for the performing arts division in downtown Herndon.

  • PERFORMING ARTS:

Second Place: Herndon Middle School Marching Band

First Place: Herndon High School Step Team

  • SCHOOLS:

Second Place: Dranesville Elementary School

First Place: Herndon High School Theatre Department

  • SHOW:

Second Place: Historic Firetrucks

First Place: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith)

  • CLASS FLOATS:

Second Place: Herndon High's Class of 2015

First Place: Herndon High's Class of 2014

  • SPECIAL—RICHARD F. DOWNER THEME AWARD:

Girl Scouts of Our Nation's Capital, Service Units 51-9 and 51-11

  • SPECIAL—MAJOR ROBERT E. CHURCH “BEST IN PARADE”:

Herndon High School's Pride of Herndon Marching Band