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      Hundreds turn out for Helias homecoming parade

      The Helias Marching Crusaders lead the procession in Friday night's homecoming parade in Jefferson City. Hundreds of spectators lined High Street downtown.

      Friday night's mild weather brought crowds to High Street for Helias High School's homecoming parade.

      The route ran from a parking lot just west of the Capitol down High Street to the library before looping back around to the Capitol. At the head of the procession, the Marching Crusaders treated the crowd to a rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You," with three members of the band on a float with guitars and a keyboard. The parade also included floats made by members of each class. One float depicting a Rock Bridge bruin head on a rotisserie was a crowd-pleaser. Helias faces Rock Bridge High School in Saturday night's homecoming football game.

      Paige Kolb, a Helias alum now wrapping up her studies at MU, told KRCG 13 tonight was the first time in four years she had been to the parade. She said she spent her last parade representing the previous year's homecoming court, so it was refreshing to be a spectator again.

      "It was more fun," she said. "I got the candy, so I'm not complaining."

      Jacob Gladbach, who is currently a student at St. Peter Interparish School, said he ran out of candy earlier in the parade than he had planned after he threw some extra candy to a group of friends. He said he enjoyed getting to walk in the parade even if the walk was a little long.

      "My only problem is, I had to walk a mile!" he quipped.

      A bonfire and fireworks display were scheduled to follow Friday night's parade. The homecoming football game starts at 7 p.m. Saturday.