Golden Valley takes to the streets for homecoming

09/27/2013 7:57 PM

09/28/2013 2:00 AM

The Busk family stood on Main Street on Friday, eagerly waiting for Golden Valley High School’s homecoming parade to begin.

“It gets you out on a Friday afternoon,” said Tai Anne Busk, 44, as she ran her hands through 9-year-old Baylee’s hair. “It’s something to do.”

Her husband, Richard, was holding 8-month-old Mason.

“Plus, this is his first one,” the 30-year-old said. “He loves loud music.”

The second annual parade in downtown Merced had nearly two dozen floats, many of which carried Pixar or Disney movie themes.

The parade kicked off with the school’s marching band playing its version of Pit Bull’s “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho).” Following close behind were floats decorated in honor of “Up,” “Wall-E” and “The Incredibles,” among others.

Chiew Saetern, 24, stepped outside of his workplace on Main Street to watch his “little cousin” take part in the parade. The 2007 Merced High graduate said he remembers being in the shoes of the students headed to the homecoming game, when GV took on McNair of Stockton.

“Those were big, dude,” he said. “They were fun.”

Homecoming is a big deal at Merced’s Golden Valley High School. It included dress-up contests and games at lunchtime all this week. What’s different in this year’s celebration is how homecoming king and queen candidates were chosen.

The school used Character Counts, in which students pledge to not be a bully, to get nominations for the initial ballot.

The parade is a precursor to the annual class dances and skits during halftime of the Cougars football game Friday night.

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