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Everyone (in New Port Richey) loves a parade

Annual tradition marches on last week down Grand Boulevard.
Students in the Gulf High School class of 2023 show their spirit in a float they created for the annual homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in downtown New Port Richey. [Michele Miller]
Published Oct. 15
Updated Oct. 15

It might have felt kind of random for those not in tune with the high school calendar.

Still, a spattering of supporters lined up on the sidewalks as members of the Gulf High School color guard led the annual homecoming parade around Sims Park and down Grand Boulevard to the school.

The Gulf High School JROTC color guard led the way during the annual homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in New Port Richey. [Michele Miller]

Some took cell phone pictures, others cheered the marching bands — from the high school and Gulf Middle — and of course, the Buccaneers football team.

Members of the Gulf High School Buccaneers football team march during the school's homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in New Port Richey. [Michele Miller]

Students rode on floats representing the prospective classes. Middle and high school cheerleaders waved their pom poms in a showing of school spirit. Homecoming court contestants smiled and waved while perched on the back of rolling convertibles, as did alumni such as Mayor Rob Marlowe and Deputy Mayor Jeff Starkey.

It was all part of a celebratory week that included dress- up days, a homecoming dance and pep rally and the annual homecoming football game.

Final outcome: Tarpon Springs Spongers: 20; Gulf High Buccaneers: 0.

Note: On Monday afternoon athletic director Bruno Buonsanto tweeted the news that Gulf High was canceling the remainder of the football season due to injuries.

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