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October 19, 2006

Homecoming in Vidor ... Not just any other game

One of the biggest days of the school year for many high school student is homecoming, and Friday is no different for the students of the Vidor Independent School District.

The annual homecoming parade and football game in Vidor is a time for the whole town to celebrate.

According to Ronnie J. Touchstone, director of music at Vidor High School, records indicate homecoming traditions date back to 1938.

That was the year of the first homecoming queen, and there has been a royal court ever since.

The Vidor High School band also had its beginnings that year, and there were 45 members, Their uniforms were not the now-familiar black and gold, but were purple and gold satin.

Since football was not played in the Vidor schools until 1940, homecoming activities centered around basketball for the first several years.

Now, Vidor schools dismiss early to allow children and parents to attend the parade on Main Street. The parade is so big that traffic is not allowed to access parts of North Main Street from East and West Railroad to East and West Tram Roads.

Parade lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at Filmore Street for the more than 100 parade entrants, which consist of floats, school bands, choirs, sweethearts and beaus, little league football teams and some civic organizations.

Equestrian entrants will bring up the rear of the parade and will line up at the back by the vacant lot near the Wexford Park entrance on North Main.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. and lasts about 60 to 75 minutes and then disperses at East Railroad.

Parade judges are stationed at the Vidor Independent School District Administration Building at the intersection of North Main Street and East Bolivar.

Categories to be judged include high school class or organizational float, youth group float, civic float, and best theme idea, which the theme for this year’s parade is “Big Buc Discovers Islands of Treasure.”

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