The superintendent of Leavenworth public schools wants to return an annual homecoming parade to the downtown area.

The superintendent of Leavenworth public schools wants to return an annual homecoming parade to the downtown area.

The Leavenworth High School homecoming parade previously took place in downtown Leavenworth. But in recent years, the parade route has been on 10th Avenue between Warren Middle School and the high school.

“To me, it’s lost a lot of its value,” Superintendent Mike Roth said.

He spoke Tuesday to members of the Leavenworth City Commission about his desire to move the parade location.

Roth said the last time the homecoming parade was in the downtown area was 2007.

The superintendent would like to have this year’s parade, which is planned for Oct. 6, in downtown Leavenworth.

On Wednesday, City Manager Paul Kramer indicated the city government will allow the parade to take place in the downtown area. He said arrangements will be handled at the staff level and further action from the City Commission will not be required.

During Tuesday’s commission meeting, Roth proposed a parade route that would begin at Haymarket Square, which is located at Seventh and Cherokee streets. The parade would then travel north to Delaware Street and then east to Esplanade Street. The parade would end in the area of the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St.

“Our plan is to incorporate the entire school district,” Roth said.

He said there will be floats representing all of the schools in the district.

School officials plan to start the parade around 2 p.m., and it should last between 30 and 45 minutes.

“We feel like we have a pretty good plan,” Roth said.

Mayor Nancy Bauder believes the parade will have more visibility in the downtown area.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger said people in Leavenworth expect parades to be in the downtown area. He asked the city manager to work with public safety officials regarding the parade.

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