All traffic was stopped and crowds gathered on Main Street in Loris on Friday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. for the Loris High School (LHS) Homecoming Parade.
Leading the parade was Loris Police Chief Gary Buley driving a patrol car with the blue lights on. Riding along with Buley was the large Loris Lion stuffed animal that was donated to the department. The unnamed lion is waiting for residents to give it a name; a post on their Facebook page requests children give the lion a name. The winner will have their picture taken with the lion and police officers.
Following behind Buley was the LHS J.R.O.T.C. Army instructor Lt. Cl. Jim McLean led the color guard and cadets who chanted their strongest voices as they marched. Shana Mincey drove the LPD golf cart with a sign supporting the high school. The LHS administration rode in a short limo and waving inside were principal Richard Crumley and assistant principal’s Joshua Cutright and Maudie Davis.
The princesses and homecoming court rode in convertibles and on the back of big pick-up trucks with the young ladies wearing a sash as they waved and tossed candy to bystanders. On each vehicle were decorative signs with the names of the varsity player and homecoming court participant.
The LHS varsity football team coaches Jamie Snyder and A. Grady led the team as they waved to the crowds. The coaches and team were revved up for the night’s game and special event of Homecoming on the field beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The cheerleaders shouted out cheers and used their cheer gestures with their pom poms as they marched behind the football team. The Loris Lion mascot strutted through the street as he proudly waved and clapped for the crowd to follow his lead.
The LHS Marching Band led by director Stephen Whiznant was at the end of the parade playing upbeat music to root for their team.
The Loris Fire Department ladder truck was the last vehicle in the parade showing their support for the high school homecoming court and game.