October 14, 2006
Albany -- Downtown Albany was decked out in blue and gold this morning as the city gathered momentum for the Golden Ram's big homecoming game.
Thousands braved the cool weather this morning for Albany State University's annual homecoming parade. Alumni say homecoming is all about old traditions, and starting new ones too.
For some alumni at the homecoming parade, it's a step back in time.
But at the same time a step forward for future generations in Albany. The Monroe Comprehensive High School class of 1977 is starting a tradition of their own at homecoming this year.
"It feels great, representing Monroe it feels good. I feel challenged. I'm glad to be a part of Albany State's homecoming," said Gregory Drummer.
This group is the very first high school graduating class in Albany to have a float represented at the annual parade.
"We wanted to be the first of the first. We never have had a class reunion in the parade, so we thought it was something different," said Reggie Christian.
A different addition to the parade, but one that may become a new tradition if other classes follow.
For ASU alumni Cedrick Thomas homecoming is a time when the past meets the present.
"Basically getting together with old friends, sitting down talking about their careers, their family, meeting their families," said Cedrick Thomas.
That tradition may continue in Thomas's family some day.
Year after year the bands come back to play, politicians come back to wave, and supporters come out to cheer.
But for the first time this year...
"I challenge every other high school to follow suit and do the same thing," said Drummer.
Monroe graduates of 1977 hope others will follow their lead and start a new tradition by adding their class float to the parade.
One tradition that marches on each year at homecoming is the community support of ASU, and the school's ability to bring the community together.
Today's homecoming parade was followed the ASU's game against Clarke Atlanta University.
The Bainbridge Public Safety Department brought two firetrucks to the Oscar Jackson Outdoor camp for kids.
The Dougherty County School System will host a three-day orientation for teachers new to the system starting on Thursday.
Health officials are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated before the new school year.
Dougherty County Officials said that on Wednesday they had dozens of homeowners signing up for root ball help as the deadline approaches.
A new addition to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Phoebe Putney Hospital will help give newborns a more healthy start to life.