The last city-approved parade in Ames before the COVID-19 pandemic was Ames High School’s September 2019 homecoming parade, so it seems only fitting that the high school’s combined homecoming and prom parade Thursday will be the first approved parade since.
Many things in life have fundamentally changed in just 20 months, but while fall 2020’s parade was one more thing lost or postponed because of the pandemic, Thursday’s parade at 6:30 p.m. is also going to show signs of positive transformation and growth — probably more floats, a new competition and a school staff member being honored as a grand marshal.
Adam Wolf, an Ames High School senior who’s co-chair of the homecoming and prom parade’s planning committee, said “I am so excited we are getting to do this.”
Concerned in the fall with large crowd sizes amid the pandemic, the district postponed the homecoming parade to the spring. This week is also prom week, with the dance set for Saturday at Reiman Gardens.
Thursday’s parade route down Main Street will be the same as before, Wolf said.
The parade will start on Main Street west of Clark Avenue and proceed east past Douglas Avenue to the CBD Parking Lot