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Fonda-Fultonville youth cheerleaders walk in the Fonda-Fultonville homecoming parade on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Fonda.

By MORGAN FRISCH

Recorder News Staff

FONDA — Staff and students at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District have been decked out in maroon and gold since Tuesday and the Braves pride will continue through Saturday.

The district’s spirit week commenced Tuesday, with a new event within the homecoming activities scheduled for tonight. A bonfire will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Park Street in Fonda.

High school Principal Aaron Grady said a student representative brought various ideas to staff over the summer and one of the requests was whether or not they could have a bonfire during homecoming week.

“It’s just another way to bring people out and invite our community in to get as much Brave pride going as we can into our homecoming weekend,” District Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio said.

A pep rally, not open to the public, will take place on Friday. On Saturday however, the community is welcome to come out for the second annual homecoming parade. This year the event is being presented by the district, the villages of Fonda and Fultonville as well as the Fonda-Fultonville All Sports Booster Club.

“We really worked hard to develop a committee to create and plan our parade,” Ciaccio said. “Last year it fell on one person and this year we’ve created a committee. We had a fire chief part of it, we had both villages involved, we had the booster club, we had the high school principal, myself. Everybody took a piece of the puzzle and it’s going to be a bigger parade than it was last year, so we are excited for all the participants.”

Line up for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Erie Street in Fultonville. The parade, which is ’50s Sock Hop theme, will begin at 9 a.m. The participants will travel along Main Street, over the river and through Fonda, ending at the Montgomery County Office Building on Broadway. Grady said the cheerleading team was responsible for picking the theme of homecoming week and dance.

“What we have found over the last two years is that it’s [the parade] well-received, no matter who you bring to the table to play a role in the coordination,” Grady said. “It’s a fun day, it’s an activity where the entire community comes out. In fact, it’s pretty unique because most of our community is actually in the parade.”

During the event, Grady said there will be a wide-range of school sports and clubs, and some community programs being represented. The marching band will also be included.

“I think what you are going to see at the parade is just really an eclectic group of ideas coming together to all really celebrate their support for the district,” he said.

Ciaccio said the district is excited to bring as much school spirit as possible.

The varsity football game versus Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Fonda-Fultonville. High school students can attend the homecoming dance that night at 7 p.m.

“We’ve really made an effort in establishing over the past two years that it’s not just about one event or one sporting contest,” Grady said. “We want homecoming to be a week of support, a week of pride and a week for all of us as one educational community to be able to come together and really appreciate the greatness that we have throughout not only the walls of our schools, but also in our community in general.”