Como Park Senior High launches an old/new tradition: The homecoming parade

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The Como Park High School Booster Club is bringing the homecoming parade back to St. Paul complete with a marching band, flag-and-drill unit, class floats, homecoming royalty and more. The high school’s first—and it’s hoped annual—parade and picnic will be held Saturday, Oct. 15.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the school parking lot, 740 Rose Ave. W., and wind its way north on Grotto Street, then west on Wheelock Parkway, south on Victoria Street, east on Rose Avenue and then back to the school. A picnic will follow on the school grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Como Cougars will take on the Harding Knights at the homecoming football game at 2 p.m. at Griffin Field, Lexington Avenue and I-94.

A spirit bus will be available to transport spectators from the school to the game. The cost is $1 and must be purchased in advance at the school.

“We’re hoping to start a new tradition at Como Park,” said Jill Kottke, one of the founders of the booster club. “Homecoming creates some favorite high school memories, along with building school spirit.”

Parade-watchers are encouraged to use the Como Park Elementary School lawn and parking lot at 780 W. Wheelock Parkway, said Cougar mom Susan Zinkl, parade coordinator.

Local businesses that want to take part in the parade or make a donation should contact the club at comoparkboosterclub@gmail.com