Downtown Wewahitchka was filled with school spirit on Friday as crowds of onlookers gathered in their best red and white to cheer on the Gators ahead of their homecoming game against Cottondale.
The parade, which kicked off shortly after school let out for the day, started a weekend of festivities that included a dance and a big win for the Wewahitchka High School football team.
The parade began with a police escort and was led by members of the school faculty, Gulf District Schools superintendent Jim Norton and their families. Then the Wewahitchka High School band was towed down Main Street on a trailer big enough for all its members.
This year’s homecoming court, which featured six senior girls, rode through downtown, greeting onlookers and throwing candy to crowds of eager children.
Onlookers cheered as the Gators rode by on top of a fire truck.
As the parade rounded the corner to wrap up by the old courthouse, folding chairs were packed up as quickly as they were put out as the town headed to the football game, where the Gators beat Cottondale 38-22 and Eva Flowers was named as the homecoming queen.