Houston celebrates Homecoming

Houston Superintendent, Dr. Steve Coker, helps the Houston Cheerleader fire up the crowd at Thursday's Homecoming Parade and celebration on the Square in downtown Houston. This marked the ninth year for the event. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

Houston Superintendent, Dr. Steve Coker, helps the Houston Cheerleader fire up the crowd at Thursday’s Homecoming Parade and celebration on the Square in downtown Houston. This marked the ninth year for the event. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

HOUSTON – Everyone in Houston last week was a Topper.

Historic Houston Main Street Association and Houston School District teamed up last week to host the 9th Annual Pep Rally and Tailgate Party on the Square in downtown Houston.

The event saw the east side of the Square roped off and a parade – complete with homecoming beauties, the football team and the Houston High School Marching Band – kickoff the event. Coaches and sponsors for all Houston sports activities then introduced every member of their team or club.

“I’m proud to be a Topper,” said Houston Superintendent, Dr. Steve Coker. “Our students do a lot of good things and we are glad the recognize them and present them each year at this time to the community.”

Businesses were urged to decorate their storefronts for the Thursday’s event and they were judged by the Main Street Association. Civic groups, churches and individuals were asked to dress up a car, truck or trailer and take part in the Tailgate competition.

Franklin Financial won Best Decorated Storefront with Topper flags and flowers framing windows painted with Houston Ram mascots.

Franklin Financial Services won the Best Decorated Downtown Business on Homecoming weekend. The contest was open to all downtown businesses and sponsored by Houston Mainstreet. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

Franklin Financial Services won the Best Decorated Downtown Business on Homecoming weekend. The contest was open to all downtown businesses and sponsored by Houston Mainstreet. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

The Houston Touchdown Club earned $150 for its cause by winning the Best Tailgate display. The Touchdown Club had Topper memorabilia and lots of maroon and white on display.

“This really brings us all downtown to support our kids, our schools and our businesses,” said Joyce East, Executive Director of Houston Main Street. “We always have a good crowd and a good time on the Thursday before the homecoming football game.”

East thanked those who entered both the storefront and tailgate competition. She also thanked those who sponsored these events.

 

The Houston Touchdown Club won the Best Tailgate entry at Homecoming festivities on the Square in downtown Houston Thursday afternoon. The Best Tailgate competition was sponsored by the Houston Mainstreet Association. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

The Houston Touchdown Club won the Best Tailgate entry at Homecoming festivities on the Square in downtown Houston Thursday afternoon. The Best Tailgate competition was sponsored by the Houston Mainstreet Association. (Photo Floyd Ingram)

 

More than 30 photos of last week’s parade homecoming queens, football players and the Topper band can be viewed and purchased by clicking the BUY PHOTOS button at the top of this page.

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