Downtown Wewahitchka was filled with school spirit on Friday afternoon as crowds of onlookers gathered in their best red and white to cheer on the Gators ahead of their homecoming game against Bozeman.
The parade, which kicked off shortly after school let out for the day, started an evening of festivities that included the game and the 2022 Homecoming Dance.
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 Gator Sound Band marched proudly down Highway 71, followed by floats produced by school clubs and local organizations.
This year’s homecoming court, which featured six senior girls and six senior boys, 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, closing the parade.
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 Madison Forehand was named as the homecoming queen and Joey Salerno was named homecoming king.