Siloam Springs High School’s annual reunion parade will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The parade will start at Southside Elementary, head east on West Tulsa Street, then north on South Mount Olive Street to West University Street, then South Broadway Street to the Chautauqua Amphitheater, according to a map of the route published on Facebook.
Instead of holding the parade on Friday before the back-to-school game, it will take place on Wednesday, according to deputy director Brittany Haden-Chomphosy, who is organizing the event.
“It’s really hard for soccer players to be in the scorching sun all day walking more than two kilometers before a soccer match,” said Haden-Chomphosy. “So that was hopefully kind of a transition, making it a bit easier for them.”
Haden-Chomphosy also said offering it after work would give members of the community the chance to watch the parade who would not usually attend.
Principal Rob Lindley added that changing the date and time of the parade will help reduce school congestion at the end of the day.
Along with the parade, there will be a cheering rally at the amphitheater after the parade, Haden-Chomphosy said. The cheering rally will be short to accommodate local churches and church services, Lindley said.
There are no plans to require masks to participate in the parade; instead, the high school will do its best to space participants out, Haden-Chomphosy said.
“We’re fine anyway,” Haden-Chomphosy said. “We ask people to exercise good discretion.”
There will also be an assembly at 2 p.m. Friday at the Panther Activity Center, Lindley said.
This year’s reunion queen will be announced at the assembly, Haden-Chomphosy said.
The theme for the reunion this year is music, said Haden-Chomphosy. Country music will be the theme of the parade, she said. Monday’s theme will be electric dance music; Tuesday will be rock and roll, and Thursday will be rap, said Haden-Chomphosy.
While this is the first time Haden-Chomphosy has coordinated the return home from Siloam Springs, it is not her first homecoming event.
When she was in high school, Haden-Chomphosy was on the Colors Day field at Springdale High School, Haden-Chomphosy said.
“I like everything,” Haden-Chomphosy said. “I can not wait.”