Coronado High School to keep homecoming parade in Old Colorado City after funding challenges

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Coronado High School gets to keep this year’s homecoming parade in Old Colorado City, but there’s still cause for concern.

“We’re still trying to find a way to keep funding it for every year because this might be the last time we’re doing it unless we can find another source,” said Madison Rutherford a junior at CHS.

The school says funding for the parade has been challenging with city fees that increase significantly every year.

“It was gonna be around $8,000 so you know, that’s just an increase in the city’s fees, and different things in our police and also with getting our barricades for this event,” said Darin Smith, principal of CHS.

Before several people made generous donations, they had to look at other options.

“We talked about staging in the parking lot, and then running the parade around the football field, and having participants there on our field and just kind of doing it that way, but you find out that’s not an option pretty quickly,” Smith said.

“There was an uproar about it that was it going to be on the field, so now that it’s downtown, we’re going to do our best to keep it that way,” said Carli Kassner, a sophomore at CHS.

Smith says for 35 years, the parade has been a community event, bringing more than just high schoolers together.

“It’s always been one of the more interesting things I’ve really liked about our school especially versus a lot of the other ones in the area, is that we make such a big deal about homecoming,” Rutherford said.

“We have a parade that will bring a community, all different ages together for this one event. And I think when you try to think about a high school experience, that’s what you want. You want that community feeling, that small community feeling and here on the west side we have that, in part due to our parade,” Smith said.

More than 600 people are involved in the parade.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mason Jar near Colorado Avenue and 30th Street.

>> To help support the school and to help keep the homecoming parade in Old Colorado City, the school organized an alumni association. To register and donate, click here.

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