The Edmond North High School Huskies had cats on their minds Wednesday — the Ponca City Wildcats, their opponents for tonight’s homecoming game.

Under perfect blue autumn skies, football players, cheerleaders, pom squad members, public school officials and many others joined in the downtown parade, with a theme of “We’ve Got This Cat in the Hat.”

Masters of ceremonies Kyle Costello, John Fraser and Corbin Carter, all ENHS students, kept onlookers entertained with a steady stream of banter.

John Pittenger, assistant principal, joined the ENHS staff this year and said he was thoroughly enjoying his first Edmond homecoming parade.

“I came from a school in Tulsa that was encompassed by a township,” he said. “There was no community atmosphere at all, so this is just delightful. I’m loving Edmond. This is so exciting to me — there’s a small-town feel, but it’s still a powerhouse school.”

Victoria Michalik came to the parade to see her daughter, Vanessa, a sophomore member of the pom squad.

“When your daughter is in it, it’s always fun,” she said. “It’s a beautiful fall day for a parade. The weather is warm, and it’s nice to see all the Edmond residents come out.”

ENHS will take on Ponca City at 7:30 tonight at Wantland Stadium on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Royalty presentations will be made at halftime.

Royalty candidates include Stori Massay-Cook and Casey Goben, Tara Goike and Zack Paty, Haley Schneider and Chase Narcomey, Jordan Welch and Landon Savage and Kathleen Tucker and Corey Gable.

North’s homecoming dance will take place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at UCO’s Nigh University Center’s grand ballroom.

“Homecoming is always so much fun,” said Margaret Dougherty of Oklahoma City, who happened to be shopping downtown during Wednesday’s festivities. “I remember homecomings of years past with great fondness. I hope these kids will remember it that way, too.”

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