Franklin High School caps off its school spirit week on Saturday with its first homecoming parade, its powder puff football game, varsity football game and a sold-out dance.
“People seem very excited about it,” said Franklin Principal Pat McCusker, who spoke to Patch Tuesday while wearing a plaid shirt with a different patterned tie for the school’s clash day. He plans to participate in the parade.
The day starts at 9 a.m. on the corner of Owings Mills Boulevard and Cherry Hill Road.
Councilwoman Vicki Almond will be the parade’s master of ceremonies, and the parade includes police, National Guard, Franklin Elementary and Franklin High’s sports teams, cheerleaders, administrators, Key Club, MCJROTC, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes, and a marching band that was assembled especially for the parade.
“It is a very big deal for me personally to show that the marching band at Franklin is still a viable organization and that if the facilities concerns are behind us," marching band director Brian Frazier said via e-mail. "We can have a very successful return to competitive marching next fall.”
Frazier is referring to the suit Franklin Music Boosters filed against the Board of Education, which claimed a recreation and parks agreement with county schools effectively prevented the marching band from practicing. The suit was settled out of court in August.
The marching band consists of volunteers who have marched in the past, students who attended indoor marching (which was started last week) or students who attended band camp last summer, when the band couldn’t practice.
Following the parade, which wraps up at 10:30 a.m., is the annual powder puff flag football game, where the junior girls take on the senior girls in the field next to the football stadium at 11:15 a.m. The Franklin Indians varsity football team takes on the Kenwood Bluebirds at 12:30 p.m.
Editor’s note: All Franklin Alumni are invited to march in the parade. Those interested can park at the school and get a ride to the parade from a shuttle, which will run 7:45-8:45 a.m. Alumni are also invited to play in the pep band at the football game. Those interested should meet in the band room at 12 p.m.