Fifty-one units and nearly 1300 participants marched in Herndon Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 14, under overcast skies, and cool fall-like temperatures. The homecoming spirit was evident as friends and residents lined Elden and Lynn Streets to cheer on the athletes, bands, clubs, performers, scouts, politicians, businesses, community groups, and Homecoming Court with both the Princes and Princesses in attendance. Costumes, banners, and props creatively illustrated this year’s theme, “Across the World,” extending a salute to the nations that have hosted the Olympics.
Highlights included the St. Joseph’s School Cheerleaders, Herndon High School’s (HHS) Cheerleading, Dance, and Step teams, HHS NJROTC, HHS Best Buddies, Hutchison Elementary students, Herndon Reston softball, JamBrew with JUXT, and the Class of ’87 riding Herndon’s retired 1955 GMC American pumper truck.
Presiding over the parade were Herndon High School Principal Dr. Liz Noto, Mayor Lisa Merkel, Vice Mayor Jen Baker, and Councilmembers Grace Wolf Cunningham, Jeff Davidson, Signe Friedrichs, Bill McKenna, and Sheila Olem, and Herndon Police Captain Brad Anzengruber.
Trophies were presented to the first and second place winners in the Civic, Performing Arts, School, Show, and Class Float categories. In addition, the judges selected the Richard F. Downer theme award and the Major Robert C. Church Best in Parade winners.
First Place – Girl Scouts of Herndon
Second Place – Cub Scout Pack #1570
Performing Arts Group
First Place – Herndon Middle School Step Team
Second Place – Percussion Works
First Place – Herndon Elementary
Second Place – Dranesville Elementary School
First Place – Herndon Optimists Youth Sports
Second Place – Herndon Woman’s Club, Wreaths Across America
First Place – Herndon High School Class of 2019
Second Place – Herndon High School Class of 2018
Richard F. Downer Theme Award – Clearview Elementary 6th grade
Major Robert C. Church Award – Best in Parade – Pride of Herndon, Herndon High School Band