Wolves are putting on a parade

Call it a parade 100 years in the making.

The purple and gold will be flowing after school on Thursday, Oct. 14, as Sequim High School students past and present are putting on a "serpentine" parade through downtown Sequim.

The event was created in part to celebrate the high school's 100th anniversary and in part to preview the school's Homecoming festivities and football game slated for the next day.

"It's something to let the community know, hey, it's Homecoming," said Preston McFarlen, SHS senior and parade organizer.

Alumni from the 1978

Sequim High football team - 11 starters from an undefeated Wolves squad that qualified for the state tournament for the first time in school history - join current Sequim football players, along with the high school band and possibly some former SHS cheerleaders, along the parade route before the next evening's Homecoming football game.

The parade starts at 3 p.m. at the high school's main parking lot (601 N. Sequim Ave.) Thursday and moves south along Sequim Avenue to Fir Street. The parade course turns west on Fir, then north on Third Avenue to the football stadium parking lot.

The band will be playing the school fight song as players from each team ride upon truck flatbeds, McFarlen said.

"I'm hoping people in the community will come out," he said.

Once at the stadium parking lot, high schoolers of different classes start a car-decorating competition. The best-decorated car gets to lead the Homecoming mini-parade the following night, when Sequim's football team takes on Olympic High School.

Following the parade, the football stars from the 1978 team are invited to attend an SHS practice and join players at a team dinner that evening.

Don McBride, a guard and middle linebacker on that 1978 team, said he hasn't seen his former teammates in years.

He said he still follows the Wolves' gridiron teams, league champions five of the past six seasons.

"I'm a football nut," McBride said. "The kids are a lot faster than we were. They don't run the ball as much as we did."

McFarlen said he wanted to think outside of the proverbial box, finding a

community tie in old yearbooks. His father Bill was a freshman on that 1978 squad.

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