Following two days of unseasonably hot weather and storms Thursday night, the sun was shining and the temperatures were just about right Friday afternoon in downtown Hannibal. That likely factored in the decision of many people to turn out for Hannibal High School’s homecoming parade.
“It’s pretty nice. You can’t really beat it,” said Donna Dodd, who was sitting on a blanket in Central Park with her 3-year-old daughter, Abbi.
“It’s going to be OK,” said Dave Turner, who was sitting in a chair in the shade of a Central Park tree. “I was a little concerned about it for a while, but it started cooling off nice and I think we’re going to be all right.”
“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Don Colborn, who was waiting for the parade to start at Fifth Street and Broadway. “Last night at this time I was a little concerned. It was raining, it was lightning, but it turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day. It’s absolutely perfect for a homecoming parade and homecoming football at Hannibal High School.”
For Colborn, a 1981 graduate of HHS, the homecoming parade brought back fond memories.
“We built floats when I was in high school. We spent weeks building floats, putting the tissue paper in the chicken wire,” he said. “Every year we had a big competition between the sophomore, junior and senior classes. There was no freshman class when I was at Hannibal High School, they were still at Hannibal Junior High. We spent a lot of hours at night building floats and trying to beat the other classes.”
Colborn was at the parade to see his children.
“I have a son (Andy) who is a senior football player. I have a son (Danny) who is a seventh grade football player and then my daughter (Julie) is the sophomore homecoming attendant,” he said, adding with a smile, “Mom said you’re going to be down there and take pictures at the parade today, so that’s why I’m here.”
Turner was at the parade to see his granddaughter, Corrine Curtis, but added he enjoys a good parade.
“We don’t miss very many of them, even if the kids are not in them, we still come down,” he said. “My wife is down there taking pictures. We have a good time doing it.”
Dodd was at the parade to see her son, 6 1/2-year-old Nathan.
“This is his first (time to be in a) parade,” she said.
Page 2 of 2 - It’s not uncommon for Dodd to take her children to parades.
“We try when we can (to attend) parades,” she said. “They like it, although they get bored quite often.”