Massive Homecoming Celebration Saturday – King and Queen chosen as pre-parade plans are finalized

The Everett Public Schools (EPS) and its Homecoming 2010 organizers along with the Mayor’s office and city departments have finalized plans for Saturday’s day-long festivities, highlighted by an extravagant parade and culminating in a football game between the Crimson Tide and St. John’s Prep.

The Homecoming Parade, which steps off at 12:30 p.m. in Glendale Park, will feature 40 marching bands and a special salute to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Members of the Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service to our country, will participate in the parade. The day will end with the highly-anticipated Homecoming Game between Everett and St. John’s at 2 p.m. in newly-refurbished Everett Stadium.

Parade Chairpersons Gina Grande, secretary to Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire, and George Leydon, director of Alternative Education at Everett High, have announced that Mirabella Daguerre is the 2010 Homecoming Queen. The Homecoming King is David Lima, while the Queen’s Ladies in Waiting are Heidi Duran, Katrina Iliadis, Shaquaya Lewis and Julie Centeno. All members of the court are seniors, and they will enjoy a regal perch atop a special float during Saturday’s parade.

Members of the Trentini Familly will serve as this year’s Honorary Parade Marshals. Jim Trentini, an Everett native and Everett High graduate, and his wife, Mary, were among those killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “We are so honored to have members of the Trentini Family serving as our parade marhals,” said Superintendent of Schools Frederick F. Foresteire. “Our Homecoming is being held two weeks after the anniversary of 9/11, and we couldn’t think of a better way of recognizing the occasion than by remembering Jim and Mary Trentini.”

Once again, Homecoming Day will begin from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Everett High School cafeteria with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the PTO. The full breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Everett High PTO. Guests are encouraged to drive to the main entrance of the high school, and handicap parking is available.

In addition, the annual “Homecoming Hustle” will be held at 8:30 a.m. A 5K run and walk, the “Homecoming Hustle” benefits Friends Fighting Breast Cancer, an organization made up entirely of EPS personnel. Participants should report to the Everett Recreational Center at 7:30 a.m. to register. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. on Elm Street.

The registration fee is $15 in advance, $20 the day of the race. The route takes runners and walkers from Elm Street to Ferry Street, Glendale Square, Broadway, Fuller Street, Washington Avenue and back to Glendale Park on Elm Street.

The “Homecoming Hustle” is held in memory of Janet Connolly O’Neill, former assistant principal of the Webster School, and Anthony M. Malione and Peter Dolan, former assistant superintendents.

In case of rain, the parade will be held on Sunday, September 26 at 1 p.m., followed by the game at 3 p.m. The breakfast and “Homecoming Hustle” will be held on September 25, rain or shine.

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