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Prescott High School Continues Homecoming Parade and Bonfire Tradition
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14 September 2017  
Prescott High School Students recite the fight song as the bonfire burns during the annual homecoming parade and bonfire on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at Mile High Middle School in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Prescott High School Takes Over Downtown for Annual Homecoming Festivities

PRESCOTT- Prescott High School students hopped on floats and trucks to make their way around the courthouse square Wednesday evening, September 13th, for the annual homecoming parade and bonfire.

Various clubs and sports teams from around the school were on display during the parade as well as the nominees for homecoming king and queen.

Prescott High School Badgers football senior wide receiver and corner back John Chaffeur was one of the individuals honored with the nomination for homecoming king.

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“I’m pretty happy that I got the opportunity (to be nominated for homecoming king),” Chaffeur said. “It’s cool to be recognized by all your peers and I just really appreciate the honor to run because not a lot of people get that chance.”

Chaffeur remembers coming to the annual homecoming parade and bonfire as a freshman when his sister was a senior; watching the captains of the football team address the crowd as the fire burned in the background. Now as a senior, Chaffuer joined his fellow football captains to hype the crowd for the Friday night homecoming football game.

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“It’s kind of surreal,” Chaffeur said. “I’m kind of living the dream, I’m loving it.”

The annual tradition is one of the most anticipated events for the city as the parade draws hundreds before moving onto Mile High Middle School’s track to set ablaze pieces of wood and some part of the opposing school’s logo.

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“It’s really what sets Prescott aside and makes it a wonderful experience to be involved here,” Prescott High School Badgers football coach Michael Gilpin said. “There’s a lot of high schools in the country that doesn’t get this.”

The homecoming week, which also includes a dance and daily costume themes, culminates in the football game on Friday night as Moon Valley is tabbed as this year’s homecoming game opponent. Kickoff is 7 pm Friday, September 15th, at Prescott High School.

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.