Marching with Pride at Homecoming Parade

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It was a day for celebration in Islip on Sept. 17, as students throughout the district, their families, friends and visitors lined the streets for the annual homecoming parade.

The theme of this year’s floats, which were designed by high school students, was superheroes. After their departure from Islip Town Hall, the freshmen accompanied a Hulk-themed float, while the sophomores traveled with Captain America. Following them were the juniors with their amazing Spider-Man-themed float, and seniors sported a Mermaid Man-themed float, a character made popular through “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

As students traveled toward the high school, supporters lined the streets with words of encouragement. Once they arrived, the floats were placed on the front lawn of the school, where they’ll remain for several days.

Community members had a chance to enjoy the annual carnival before the start of the game. Visitors tried their luck at various games, which were run by district students. At halftime, seniors John Mullins and Mackenzie Moran were announced as the 2016 homecoming king and queen. While the hometown Buccaneers fought hard, they fell to Hauppauge, 14-0.

“It was the perfect day for a homecoming game,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “Although we didn’t come out on top on the score sheet, it was a victory for the community and an amazing display of community pride.”