Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
Hundreds came out to the Mineola High School homecoming parade this past Saturday to support the Mustangs. The parade marched its way down Jericho Turnpike to the home field near Hampton Street, despite a pouring rain. The damp weather could not dampen the spirits of students participating in the parade or the cheering of the enthusiastic spectators.
Car horns could be heard honking for miles around, as well as shouts of the school’s seniors. When the parade reached the football field, the school spirit and community pride brought Hampton Street Stadium’s energy to its apex.
Sporting red bandannas, football jerseys and massive bags of glitter, upperclassmen ran up and down the street making sure everything in their line of sight was doused with an abundance of rainbow sparkle. The homecoming court was led by King Leo Garry and Queen Kathryn Priolo, with supporting courtiers Junior Princess Julianna Caruso, Sophomore Princess Meghan LaFaye and Freshman Princess Anne Cripps.
Katie Barnwell, Michelle Sentra and Bonnie Small sang the national anthem just before the Mustangs took the field against the West Hempstead Rams. The Rams beat the Mustangs, 35-7.
This year’s game showcased a new inflatable tunnel and archway, through which the football players made their entrance onto the field, won by the MHS Booster Club in an MSG Varsity contest.
Homecoming is something the Mustangs do not take lightly. There’s a whole day of advance preparations for the event. The seniors take the privilege of trashing, or as they’d call it “decorating,” the school. Students rise early to paint their faces red, black or white, have “Mustangs” written across their torso in marker, or figuring out a garb that will properly showcase their school spirit. It’s all part of the fun.