Homecoming week has come and gone, leaving behind it memories of good times and the remnants of glitter. (Honestly, that stuff is able to get into the randomest of places.) Aside from the homecoming football game and the crowning of the king and queen, one of the highlights of the affair is the floats.
So exactly what goes into building the floats? For the week leading up to Homecoming, announcements can be heard around the school encouraging students to help with the building, but the real work starts before that.
“We start planning in the summer,” says freshman and ASB member Kathleen McIntrye. “You have to get everything ready by homecoming week -- and then you have that whole week.” ASB Executive President Autumn Radtke also explains that “float building takes quite a bit of time. The Sunday before the homecoming dance, the ASB students and their families work on the floats from 12-6.”
So where exactly does the tradition of building homecoming floats come from? Radtke says that there used to be a parade of the floats for the alumni to see, but since REV lacks a stadium, the floats are stationed in the quad during the homecoming carnival. The floats are then voted on, and this year the Class of 2017 won, making it their second consecutive win.
“The best part of making a float is working really hard on one part of it with a group of your friends and then seeing that part work in harmony with the other parts of the float when it’s finished,” Radtke says when asked what the most memorable part of the entire float building process is. As a senior, she has been at the float building for four years. “I love seeing the float completely done and on display for all to see.”