Mill Valley celebrates homecoming with parade
Alex Carpenter inhaled deep, pressed the balloon to her lips and filled it with air.
She was doing her part in blowing up a bag of 72 balloons to decorate the cheerleaders' float that was to be in the Mill Valley High School homecoming parade Friday.
"I'm a little light-headed," sophomore cheerleader Alex said about blowing up so many balloons.
The cheerleaders' float was one of about 20 that were in the Mill Valley homecoming parade Friday afternoon. Students were released from classes earlier in the day to help work on floats and take part in the pre-celebration that included hanging out with friends, painting faces, tossing footballs, listening to music and playing games like the Bungy Run.
This year's homecoming theme, "Ice, Ice Baby," inspired different float themes using the ice and the school's colors, blue and silver.
On the cheerleaders' float the theme was "Fire and Ice" with blue flames painted around the base of a trailer that was attached to a pickup truck.
Coach Libby Lamberson said parents volunteered the truck and the trailer and one girl's grandfather offered to build a bench in the center of the trailer for seating and line the trailer with carpet so the team members wouldn't slip.
Their float also featured a blue paw print made of tissue paper made by pomping. The team attached chicken wire to a wooden frame and then put pieces of tissue paper into the holes creating their paw print design.
Although the flames were painted on the float earlier in the week, team members started pomping, blowing up balloons and attaching streamers at about 9:30 a.m. Friday when groups were released to begin work on their floats. At about 11:15 a.m., the rest of the students were released from class to work on floats, however, they were required to remain on school grounds.
"It's the day before homecoming so no one is going to concentrate anyway so this is better," said sophomore cheerleader Laura Williamson.
Although many groups stayed with the homecoming theme, some decided to go with their own theme, like the volleyball teams.
Earlier in the year, the seniors designed the team t-shirt with the help of their coach Kim Service.
Senior Mollie Moravac said the seniors were thinking of a slogan in the beginning of the year and looked at a couple of different logos including one with the Jaguar car and another with the Gatorade theme "Is it in you?"
Finally the seniors settled with a T-shirt that said Mill Valley with an M that looks like the McDonald's arches. On the back the slogan reads, "Over one billion got served." The sleeves of the shirts also are different colors based on the member's class.
"It's kind of a joke because the seniors like to eat," said senior Hilary Sheridan.
To match their shirts, the team made a large, yellow M out of balloons to put on their floats.
Service said the McDonald's-themed shirts also helped in providing treats to pass out during the parade.
"We had some girls go with their T-shirts on in local McDonald's and asked them to donate shortbread cookies," she said.