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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2014

Showing Demon spirit

Homecoming parade held in Brighton
By Xiomara Levsen | Oct 03, 2013
The Washington High School Marching Band percussion section performed with the Washington High School Marching Band in Brighton for the fourth annual Brighton Homecoming Parade Thursday, Oct. 3. Residents and business owners came out to watch the parade and show support for the Washington Demon football team, who also participated in the parade.

BRIGHTON—The sounds of drums tapping and cheerleaders cheering filled the Main Street of Brighton Thursday morning.
This is the fourth year Washington High School has held a homecoming parade in Brighton. Participants from the high school included the Washington High School Marching Band, the Washington High School flag corps, cheerleaders, football team, and the 2013 homecoming court.
Brighton resident Peggy Baumert was watching the parade in front of the bank. This is her third year attending the homecoming parade in Brighton. She said she likes having the parade in town.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Baumert said. “There’s lots of us Demon fans around here who can’t make it to Washington to the parade, so it’s nice of them to come here.”
She hopes the school continues coming to Brighton to have a homecoming parade.
“There’s not a lot of people who live in Brighton, but it’s a pretty good turnout today, I think,” Baumert said.
About 30 people lined the streets to see the homecoming parade. Baumert said she couldn’t wait to see her grandchildren march in the parade with the football team or the marching band one day.
Gerald Pacha was another resident from the area who came to town to watch the homecoming parade and has watched every single one.
“I appreciate them coming over here to Brighton,” Pacha said, “and it helps to bring the community and school together.”
Washington School District superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said having the parade in Brighton is really important to the school district, especially since there isn’t a school in Brighton anymore.
“I think it’s really important for them to feel a part of the school district and that they’re not being excluded,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen said he would like to see more residents come out and attend the homecoming parade but understood that it’s hard for people to attend because people can’t get away from work.

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