WAXAHACHIE — Old traditions, familiar faces and the sound of the Waxahachie High School band are what come to mind for many Waxahachie residents when reminded of homecoming. With the start of a new school year, old traditions will remain, but new traditions are to be born and changes are to be made.

According to WISD Director of Public Relations, Jenny Bridges those homecoming changes include an early start and community tailgate.

“The parade is on Friday, Sept. 23, and we have moved the time up to 2 p.m.," Bridges said. "Elementary schools will release at 11:15 a.m. and secondary schools will release at 11:50 a.m. The parade lineup will begin at 11:30 a.m. and go until the parade begins at 2:00 p.m."

Many alumni have already questioned the reason for the time change.

“This year, there is going to be a tailgate at Lumpkins Stadium. The tailgate will last from 4:30-6:30 p.m.,” Bridges explained.

The Waxahachie High School Student Council will host the tailgate and all proceeds benefit the WHS student council.

“We also want people to know that the parade entry form is available at wisd.org. There is discounted pricing available until Sep. 9 and we wanted people to go ahead and take advantage of that. The theme is 'Educational Destination',” Bridges said. “ There is a mandatory parade meeting for anyone who wants to participate being held Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at WHS in the small theater.”

The annual homecoming bonfire and pep rally will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Howard Junior High School

“If people want to continue the homecoming fun, there will be a half marathon, the Legacy Run, on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:45 a.m.,” Bridges added.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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