Massive Homecoming Celebration Saturday: Parade Will Honor Carlos Arredondo

Hundreds of Everett resident turned out last year to witness a wonderful Homecoming parade.

Hundreds of Everett resident turned out last year to witness a wonderful Homecoming parade.

The Everett Public Schools (EPS) and its Homecoming 2013 organizers have finalized plans for this Saturday’s day-long festivities, highlighted by an extravagant parade and culminating in a football game between the Crimson Tide and their Greater Boston League rivals from Cambridge Rindge & Latin.

The 2013 Everett High School Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday, October 5, and it will feature a very special group of Honorary Marshals — Carlos Arredondo and his wife, Melida, as well as members of the North Metro S.W.A.T Team. The theme of this year’s parade is “Boston Strong.”

Arredondo has been recognized for his bravery during the terrorist attacks at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Most notably, Arredondo is captured in an iconic photograph of him pushing Jeffrey Bauman away from the bombing site in a wheelchair. Bauman lost both of his legs in the attacks, but Arredondo’s actions helped save his life.

The North Metro SWAT Team, which includes law enforcement officials from Everett, Revere, Malden and surrounding communities, was instrumental in the capturing of the Marathon Bombing suspects in the frantic days following the attacks.

The Arredondos will join the SWAT team members aboard a special float during the parade. They will also be recognized before the Homecoming game, which is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. in Everett Veterans’ Memorial Stadium.

The Homecoming Parade steps off at 12 noon sharp in Glendale Park and includes more than 50 marching bands, groups, and organizations. As usual, the parade will feature an entire unit made up of the Aleppo Shriners. Popular children’s entertainer Johnny the K (Glendale Square), doo-wop band Billy D and the Rock-its (Everett Square), and The Singing Trooper Sgt. Daniel Clark (Veterans’ Memorial Stadium) will provide pre-parade entertainment beginning at 11 a.m.

The day will end with the Homecoming Game between Everett and Cambridge at 2:30 p.m. inside Everett Veterans’ Memorial Stadium.

This year’s Homecoming King and Queen are Stephen Faia and Sheryl Steeves. The Court is comprised of Sabrina Sampaio, Joana Sartor, Jhulia Silva and Savanah Spinney.

Once again, Homecoming Day will begin with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the PTO from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Everett High School cafeteria. 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. The 5K run is sponsored entirely by Schnitzer Northeast, and all proceeds benefit 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, October 6 at 1 p.m., followed by the game at 3 p.m. The breakfast and “Homecoming Hustle” will be held on October 5, rain or shine.

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