By Kyle Lovern
October 23, 2013
Mingo Central High School is going to host a first of what they hope to become an annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm. MCHS will have an early dismissal on this day at 11 a.m . They are encouraging all of our feeder school communities to get involved and participate in this parade.
Parents of any middle or elementary school will need to work with your child’s school in order to participate in the parade. It will be up to each respective community to contact MCHS and arrange for their team, group, club, etc. to be in the parade.
The contact Info is Tammy Hodge firstname.lastname@example.org or 304 235-3333 ext 7-4638. Fire trucks of the respective communities are in the process of being secured for the high school and middle school football and cheer teams and to block traffic; therefore it is important that each group or participant secure other safe and appropriate vehicles for the parade. All participants will need a sign for their vehicle.
It is of the utmost importance for the motorists in our area to avoid the King Coal Highway on November 8, 2013 from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, as you can expect major delays during those times and expect a total shut down during the hours of 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm. The West Virginia Department of Highways, WV State Police, Mingo County Sheriff’s Office, Mingo County Emergency Management Services, and our local Fire Departments will all be assisting with traffic control and will be available to make certain that safety is our number one priority.
Additionally, the parents and community should understand that parade line up will be at the MCHS student parking lot and travel to the football complex. The only vehicles that will be allowed into the school parking lot will be those actually in the parade. We will not have room for others to pull onto the lot for any other reason, please do not ask, or become upset when we do not allow you to enter. If you have a child or participant, they will need to be dropped off at the gate and walk to the parking lot to get with their group or vehicle. If you feel they are too young and small, plan on an older adult walking them to the parking lot. Safety is the number one priority.
Next, parade line up will open at 11:45 am will close at 12:30 pm. If you are late for line-up, the king coal highway will be shut down and you won’t be allowed access. Don’t be upset with the school, if you are running late. Again, safety is our number one priority, said school officials.
Absolutely, positively nothing can be thrown from the parade vehicles. This includes everything, i.e., candy, trinkets, etc.
Lastly, we have put a lot of planning into this parade, but we are sure there will be many areas that need tweaked. This is the unknown for all of us, and we will work through it to try and make things bigger and better next year. The weather is very unpredictable for this time of the year. Please be patient, everyone be early, and work with our emergency services to make this a safe, fun, and memorable event.
When the parade is over, you must follow the instructions of Emergency Services on where to park at the football field. DO NOT stop to talk to others or unload on the King Coal Highway. We are under a lot of pressure to get the road reopened and this causes delays.
Spectators are asked to park in the designated area at the football field and to stand in safe areas along the highway to view the parade.