Portales residents and Eastern New Mexico University alumni lined First Street Saturday morning to enjoy the annual ENMU homecoming parade.
Children especially enjoyed the colorful floats, firetrucks and many other entries, with every float and car tossing candy to them.
But for alumni and friends, it was just a warm-up for the afternoon football game.
Glenn and Dana Russ of Portales, both ENMU alumni, were enjoying the parade with their children, Brie and Marisa. The children were dressed in ENMU “Hound Pound” T-shirts, and the parents said they were definitely going to the game.
Garrison and Savannah Grant of Lubbock, grandparents of ENMU women’s basketball coach Linden Weese were among those enjoying the parade.
ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo’s parents, Ross and Belle Ribaudo, came from Newport Beach, Calif., for the weekend.
“It’s nice to see a parade like this,” said Ross Ribaudo.
Tena Spitsverg of Portales is finishing her master’s degree at ENMU. She was watching the parade with Phillip Taylor of Mesa, Ariz., an ENMU alumnus who teaches string orchestra.
What’s special about homecoming is that “you get to come back,” Taylor said.
Stephen Hamrick, who was to be inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Honors, said what’s special to him about homecoming is the relationships.
Hamrick played basketball at ENMU and graduated in 1996. He now works as a coach at Irving MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas.
Several other people watching the parade said they planned to attend the game.