SCHOOL SPIRIT -- Last year's homecoming game against the Royce City Bulldogs was well attended by fans from both sides

A wanted poster normally causes the suspects to flee, but Gainesville High School Coach Jeff Gerken is hoping a similar poster will make this year’s Homecoming parade the biggest in school history.

A poster reading “Wanted!!!” asks for entries for the 2006 Homecoming parade, which annually follows California Street. This year’s parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 20, which is next Wednesday.

“We want to make this the biggest Homecoming parade ever in Gainesville,” Gerken said. “Our goal is for this community celebration to involve the whole community.”

He urges those with bicycles, pick-ups, motorcycles, horses, trailers/floats, antique cars, “to just about anything” to ride in the line-up. He said participants do not have to be involved with the Gainesville High School.

“Decorate it with red and white (the school’s colors) and join in the fun,” he said.

The deadline to enter is noon Monday. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. in the First Baptist Church’s west parking lot.

No objects or candy are allowed to be thrown from this year’s parade, a release form indicated, as throwing items is “too large a safety risk to the younger fans.”

Gerken may be contacted at the school at 665-5528. A nomination form may be obtained from the high school, which is located at 1201 S. Lindsay St. in southeast Gainesville.

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