No place like home: New Market parade features themed floats and more


Jessica Young

The Class of 2021 members show off their school spirit by decorating their float for the parade.

by Alexis Fowler and Jessica Young

On September 28, Linganore held their infamous homecoming parade. The parade featured floats, the homecoming court, Student Government Class Councils, the marching band and supporters from the community!

The parade included floats created by the class councils of 2020, 2021, 2022 and the student government representing the class of 2023. The parade also included vintage cars driving each class’s prince and princess. Many  teams marched in the parade including, the cheer-leading squads, pom and dance team with the LOUYAA teams, girls varsity soccer, and the JV and Varsity football teams. 

Right midfielder girls soccer member Elizabeth Rajnik said, “This was my first time walking in the parade and it was honestly really fun. It was a great way to get the community out and celebrate Lancer pride in such a fun way!”

It was a sight to see the Future Farmers of America (FFA) come down the street showcasing their various flowers and animals like ducks and rabbits. Following them were the Linganore alumni driving lawn mowers. The alumni performed intricate movements on their mowers. 

“My favorite moment of the parade was being able to set up such a unique float with the members because we all get so close,” said FFA president Sarah Curley.

Linganore’s marching band and color guard also made an appearance and trailed behind a New Market Fire Department’s fire trucks. 

The Class of 2022’s float was decorated trailer carrying six classmates holding up posters. Their class council decorated their float with red, black, and white balloons with streamers hung along the tailgate. They also painted 22’ on the tires. 

The Class of 2021’s float was decorated with corn stalks, lined with red, black, and white balloons and streamers, as well as Maryland and USA flags held by eight of their classmates.   

Then Senior class of 2020’s float was decorated with red, black, and gold streamers featuring the seniors from the Varsity football team who amped up the community after their victorious win against Oakdale.  

“It was a fun experience being featured in the parade with my teammates, especially after our win. There was a sense of community that makes the event so special, “ said senior Kyle Bedard.

Another highlight from the morning was the homecoming court float featuring seniors Clare Beiter, Kayla Freeman, Emily Webb, Jacob Blue, Harry Heitzig and Matthew Schiller. Other the junior class homecoming prince and princess featured Jason Byrd and Makenzie Beary. The sophomore prince and princess this year is Josh Parker & Claire Thomas, and the freshman lass prince and princess is  Kelsey Bannon & Madelyn Beckman.

Senior Harrison Heitzig who was also featured as the homecoming prince in 2018 says, “It’s funny that I was chosen to be on the homecoming court twice, but my favorite part of the event was seeing everyone support the football team after our win against Oakdale.”

During the week of September 30, Linganore students will continue to show their pride through the annual homecoming spirit week and pep rally. Varsity football will compete against Walkersville High School on Friday, October 4.