Nov. 1, 2010
 
Marshall University Homecoming Parade

By Sandee Lloyd
 
Saturday was a perfect day for Marshall University to celebrate Homecoming 2010. Many activities were going on around town, but the Homecoming Parade drew its share of observers. Even though Trick or Treat was a couple of days ago for most areas, plenty of children lined the parade route armed with pumpkins or plastic bags to scoop up the candy sure to be thrown by the parade participants. They weren't disappointed as nearly every unit had people tossing candy, and occasionally small footballs or Marshall beads.
 
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Motorcycle policemen led the parade, serpentining across the street making sure everyone was safely on the sidewalks. A Marshall police cruiser was next, followed by the Sheriff's Dep-artment Humvee and a Cabell County EMS Humvee. Military Color Guards and marching units followed them.
 
Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife Jane waved and threw candy to the crowd from a classic yellow Buick convertible. Following the Kopps was a classic Mercury convertible that was supposed to carry Governor Joe Manchin, III and his wife, but they chose to walk the parade route instead. The Governor and his wife smiled and waved to an enthusiastic crowd. Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe also chose to walk as did Congressman Nick Rahall. Congressman Rahall smiled and waved to the crowds and he was warmly received. The adults lining the parade route smiled and waved back to the Governor and Congressman.
 
A truck honoring Mike Hines, who served as Parade Coordinator from 1999 to 2009 carried a large portrait of Mr. Hines.
 
Marshall's band marched to the fight song throughout the parade route. They were led by four field commanders, a twirler, majorettes, dance team, flag corps with alumni riflemen and flag corps members. The group stretched for about a block and a half and made a very impressive showing. Mixed in with the uniformed band members were members of the Alumni Band making a special appearance with the band for Homecoming.
 
Fraternities and sororities joined together on floats, throwing candy to the crowd and cheering for the Herd. The different groups were spread throughout the parade.
 
Katie Riedel, 2010 WV Pumpkin Festival Princess, rode in a new yellow Volkswagen convertible.
 
Earlier in the week WMUL 88.1 sponsored a car bash, and what was left of the garishly painted car was on a trailer for all to see.
 
Members of the Rugby team had a float, as did CITE, which turned a truck into a locomotive puffing smoke out of a smokestack. An engineer rode in a little cab in the truck bed and a tender full of CITE members was attached. SAPB's float had giant cactus, a buffalo and a cameraman from WSAZ riding with the members.
 
Meghan Daniels, Miss West Virginia Motor Speedway 2011 rode on the back of a red Mustang convertible and threw candy to the crowd. She was followed by Kiki McClure, 2010 Pre Teen Miss Riverfest and another crown-wearing Miss riding in a white 4X4.
 
Cabell Midland Marching Knights in their striking red, white and silver uniforms marched down the street, bearing banners proclaiming them the Honor Band of the WV Black Walnut Festival in Spencer, WV and the Official Band of the WV Pumpkin Festival. The band was led by two majorettes and two field commanders and followed by the flag corps.
 
More organizational floats with riders and cowgirls throwing candy sent the kids scrambling out into the street to scoop up as much as they could.
 
Tiny Miss Cabell County Piper Gould rode in a brilliant red Corvette. Next came 2010 Barboursville Fall Fest Queen Marcie Uhl in a tan Volkswagen convertible.
 
Other politicians, including Paul Harvey, Spike Maynard, Patrick Lucas, Jim Morgan, Douglas Franklin, Matthew Woelfel, T-Anne See, Anne Yon, Dan Goheen, Carol Miller, Scott Bias, and a costumed donkey wearing a Marshall shirt and a Manchin badge walked, rode or were represented in the parade.
 
A rusty antique car covered with stickers, signs, MU pompoms, and two Marshall supporters, rolled down the parade route honking its horn as it passed by. A red and white International Harvester tractor driven by a waving Manchin supporter followed, and he in turn was followed by a green John Deere tractor driven by a man who was standing and waving a cowboy hat while the tractor pulled a hay-covered flatbed trailer covered with Manchin signs and full of Manchin supporters who were energetically throwing candy to the children.
 
A covered wagon pulled by a bicyclist and followed by a couple of bandits carried a sign declaring them to be Wild and Wonderful Recycle Bandits.
 
Two gorgeous turquoise finned Chevrolet convertibles rolled by followed by a tan Impala convertible with a stuffed Elvis as a passenger, which was followed by a dark grey finned Impala. These cars showed up later in the day at the Ceredo-Kenova Fall Festival car show.
 
Several miscellaneous units of Herd supporters rode in the parade and there was a group of Civil War Reenactors in full uniforms led by a color guard.
 
Twirlers from Mirror Image Dance Studio led by the Twirling Twins, twirled and danced down the parade route, with some of the older students tossing and catching their batons as they danced.
 
A troupe from Bozhi's Gym Nest did handstands, flips and cartwheels all the way down the street. A couple of Girl Scout troops rode on flatbed trailers and tossed Marshall beads to the crowd.
 
The blue, white and black uniformed East Bank Pioneers marching band, led by majorettes, flag corps, banner carriers and a Field Commander performed as they marched.
 
Mr. Marshall 2009, Raymond Cousins, rode in a black Mitsubishi convertible, followed by this year's Homecoming Court Zach Woods, Yosuke Hioki and Joshua Sime, each sitting or standing through the sunroof of their vehicles. Joshua Sime would later be crowned Mr. Marshall.
 
Following the male members of the court were Miss Marshall 2009, Miranda Rosiek and this year's Homecoming Court Attendants: Jenna Devoss, Katie Fowler, Kelsey Waybright and Megan Kelly, all riding in convertibles. Katie Fowler would be crowned Homecoming Queen by Dr. Kopp later in the day.
 
The privately owned white and green Thundering Trolley, followed by two of Huntington's trolley cars full of fans tossing beads and candy were next in the lineup.
 
Marshall's cheerleaders rode on top of the City of Huntington Fire Department's Tower Company 2 fire truck, with Marco riding in the bucket on the back of the truck. Members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity rode atop another of Engine Company 2's trucks. Other fire trucks in the parade were Huntington Fire Department 8, Prichard Volunteer Fire Department, Milton Fire Department, two trucks from the Salt Rock Volunteer Fire Department and Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department Master of Disaster Engine No. 8. A Huntington police cruiser was the final unit in the parade.
 
The spectators enjoyed the parade, and the children went home with bags full of candy. Many of the people went to one or more of the multitude of tail gate parties set up in parking areas near the campus then on to watch Marshall defeat UTEP 16 to 13. Go Herd!
 
Pictures show the Kopps, Governor Manchin, Mayor Wolfe, Congressman Rahall, the bands and many of the units and people participating in the parade.
 
These pictures and more can be found at http://lloydphotography.ifp3.com.



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