CHOCTAW — Licorice, Tootsie Rolls, taffy and suckers covered the streets surrounding Choctaw High School, and families with children scurried along the homecoming parade route heaping overflowing bags with piece after sweet piece.
The homecoming parade started just after 5 p.m. Thursday near Choctaw Creek Park and proceeded toward the high school, where a celebratory festival awaited paradegoers.
“It was really big,” Choctaw High School Principal David Reid said. “We were able to get all of the little leagues involved this year, and it was a perfect storm.”
Children filled sacks as big as themselves with candy and shouted at friends and family members in the parade. From ROTC to Little League cheerleaders and football and Arts Club participants, the parade brought together groups, students and faculty from the entire Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District.
Following the parade, spectators poured into the high school parking lot for more revelry. The National Guard donated a climbing wall for brave souls to scale, and faculty and administrators were plunged over and over into a dunk tank as cheering students took turns throwing balls at a bull's-eye.
Also offered were face painting, moon and cake walks. Proceeds from sales benefitted school clubs and programs.
“It's a neat community partnership, and we know everyone will be there to support us,” Reid said.
The homecoming football game versus Edmond Memorial High School was Friday.