FLUSHING — With the cancellations of 2020 now in the rearview mirror, Flushing High School students are eagerly preparing for the return of Homecoming festivities next week.
Raider pride will be in full swing when the Flushing Homecoming Parade takes place on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m., beginning in Riverview Park and traveling north on Cherry Street to Mill Street. The route will continue right on Main Street, left on Hazelton Street and right on Coutant Street before ending at Raider Field behind Central Elementary School.
This year, the parade itself will have a “touristy” feel as students celebrate this year’s Homecoming with an American road trip theme. Four iconic vacation spots will be represented by each class, including Orlando (freshmen), South Dakota (sophomores), Hollywood (juniors) and Las Vegas (seniors).
Due to COVID-19 concerns and the county’s indoor mask mandate for schools, the high school will not be holding a pep rally this year. However, students and residents can still attend the annual Powderpuff game on Oct. 4, Flushing varsity football’s Homecoming game versus Swartz Creek after the parade and an outdoor Homecoming dance on Oct. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Homecoming King and Queen’s courts—along with Homecoming attendants—have been selected, and the King and Queen will be chosen this week by a schoolwide vote. A crowning ceremony for the King will be held at the Powderpuff game on Oct. 4 and the Queen will be coronated at Flushing’s varsity football game on Oct. 8.
Flushing High School will also have a spirit week for students to dress up with different themes in the days leading up to Homecoming.
Brianne Byrski, an FCS teacher and a leading faculty organizer of the Homecoming festivities, said that students are excited to have their first schoolwide event in over a year and a half— including a much-anticipated Homecoming dance.
“This will be a memorable dance because for the first time ever it will be an outdoor event under lighted tents,” she said. “With the mask mandate, we decided on an outdoor event so students could choose to come without masks if they would like. It is a different approach but should be just as wonderful as an indoor event.”
For updates on Homecoming festivities, visit the Flushing Community Schools Facebook page.