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Lakeridge High School celebrated homecoming with a parade in downtown Lake Oswego

REVIEW PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Dancers lead the Lakeridge High Homecoming Parade.The Lakeridge Pacers made their school spirit known Friday, Sept. 20 with their annual homecoming parade on A Avenue in downtown Lake Oswego.

Parents and students lined the streets to watch the marching band, dance and cheer teams, fall sports teams and student-decorated floats parade down the street.

Lakeridge's homecoming parade was the first in Lake Oswego for Superintendent Lora de la Cruz, who participated in the parade and showed her Pacer pride by sporting a football jersey. "The parade is so community-oriented; there's so much hometown pride and school spirit," said de la Cruz. "It's incredibly fun to see."REVIEW PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The boys varsity soccer team throws candy into the crowd during the Lakeridge Homecoming Parade.

Jodie Kuest, who works at the high school, took shelter from the looming rain and watched her daughter march in the parade from the safety of a restaurant patio. "Who doesn't love homecoming?" she said. "The parade just feels like home, with everyone coming out to support the students."

The students enjoy a variety of aspects of homecoming, including the week leading up to it, which is the school's spirit week. "It's spirit week right before, which is actually my favorite part," said junior Anna Michie. "It just makes going to school more fun, seeing everyone dressed up and having fun together."

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele said she enjoys seeing students celebrate their school in a variety of ways. "I love all of the enthusiasm and pride that the students and parents have in their school. I love seeing the band, because it's one of their only chances to march," she said. "Homecoming has become so much larger than just a game. The drama department gets to showcase what they have coming up, and so many people participate in the parade in some way."REVIEW PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Lakeridge students perform on an 80s-themed Jazzercise float during the Homecoming Parade.

Sophomore Associated Student Body (ASB) ambassador Reese Ericson said she looks forward to homecoming because of the unity it creates. "It's fun to see the whole school come together and show our school spirit to the whole community," she said. "We see it every day at school, but today is special because we get to show it to everyone and celebrate with the community."

Lake Oswego High School will hold its homecoming parade Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. in downtown Lake Oswego.

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