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MIHS Homecoming Parade Rerouted Out of Town Center

The demand of combining of two traditional Islanders festivities — Homecoming and All-Island Band Night — on the high school marching band is to blame, say school district officials.

The traditional route of the  Homecoming Parade through Town Center has been moved.

The downtown Mercer Island route has been shifted to the streets surrounding Mercer Island High School, say school district officials, because the MIHS marching band is performing in both the parade and in on Oct. 21.

The homecoming parade will start at 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the school district parking lot and travel along SE 42nd Street, turn left onto 92nd Avenue SE and end at the MIHS back staff parking lot. As always, there will be floats, cheerleaders, homecoming royalty and candy for the kids.

The Pizza Pig-Out, a key fundraiser for the MIHS music department, will follow the parade at 5:30 p.m. Please contact Parker Bixby (or by clicking here) for pre-sale tickets. Checks in the amount of $10 should be made out to "MIHS Band".

MIHS football’s Senior Night will begin around 6:50 p.m. and the game, which will feature the Islanders against the Sammamish Totems, will start at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets for the game will be available from Suzie Scaringi in the ASB office on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21 from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Checks should be made out to: MIHS (adults $6, K-8 $4).

All band members fifth through twelfth grade will perform during halftime. In addition, the homecoming royalty court will be presented at halftime as well. The entire Mercer Island community is encouraged to attend these events!

For questions about any of the Homecoming events please contact Jamie Prescott at: Jamie_Prescott@misd.wednet.edu

Heidi Seaborn October 11, 2011 at 05:42 PM
What a shame! I think the MI Marching Band has forgotten that they are funded by the community and here to entertain fans. The homecoming parade through downtown is a wonderful community experience and a great for all the local businesses and people run into each other and grab dinner together afterwards or take a coffee along to watch the parade.
Islander Fan October 11, 2011 at 06:47 PM
The primary reason for the change is the fundraiser in between. Why wasn't this flushed out this summer when school officials knew of the conflict of All Island Band night and homecoming? @kendall: The reason for the football schedule change is related, in part, to Yom Kippur which necessitated moving last Friday night's home game to Thursday. Mercer Island was one of the only schools in the area to actually change the game from Friday to Thursday to accommodate. Last Friday would have likely been the traditional All Island band night or homecoming if they hadn't changed the schedule, IMO. All this is unfortunate. I feel sorry for all the kids who worked hard on the floats and other parts of the parade since it won't be showcased through town and past the people and business who really need to be a part of this.
JD October 12, 2011 at 05:03 AM
This decision had nothing to do with the chagne last week becuse of the Yom Kippur holiday (which has been done many times in the past so stop pushing blame where it is not due). It is because the police dept. wanted to charge the HS for ovetime pay for its officers. This must be the only smallish ton where the hs band doesn't march through its downtown core...what an embarrassment, especially considering how special our band is!!
Islander October 13, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Rumor has it the parade route is changing back to Downtown MI.
Kendall Watson October 13, 2011 at 05:15 AM
Thanks Islander! Looks like you've got the inside scoop. I'll announce more information as it becomes available — probably as another story. Stay tuned!

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