The Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) 2012 Homecoming Parade was held yesterday in downtown at 6:30p.m and
began at the courthouse.
Many were involved in this year’s Homecoming parade; including the top five finalists for King and Queen, Javelina football players, dance team, Cheerleaders, Campus Activities Board(C.A.B), TAMUK Fraternities and Sororities, Kingsville schools such as Harvey elementary, local businesses and different sponsors.
Miss TAMUK of 2012, Sarah Chapa, led the parade through the downtown strip after many guests attended the Halloween Carnival for kids. There were 30 floats in the parade, but only 20 entered the competition to be judged.
“The parade went well, they were a very enthusiastic group, it was worth coming out to,” said Darla Martinez Vice President of the Keep Kingsville Beautiful association. “I focused on Spirit, Appearance, and over all Creativity,”
The three TAMUK judges focused on three main categories: creativity, spirit, and best appearance. Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority tied for first place, the Yellow Jackets and Javelina Cheerleaders tied for second place, and Macareno Signs and Graphics of Alice won third place.
“This year was very successful, I’m glad to have the community so involved and wanting to have a part of the parade.” said parade organizer J.T. Kisiah.
Two trucks were donated by Neessen Chevrolet to the Student Government Association (SGA) for use in the parade.
“We would like to thank Neessen for donating the trucks for our Homecoming finalists, it really helped our committee,” said Kisiah.
Now that the parade is back after its absence during Homecoming 2011, and with more participation from the students and community, the SGA hopes for the parade tradition to continue in the years to come.
“Hopefully we can bring it back next year and keep the Javelina tradition going,” Kisiah said.