As Arianna DeMattei stood with her feet buried in the sand wearing a carnival mask with beach grass blowing in the wind behind her, you would think she was somewhere on a tropical island.
But she wasn’t.
She was standing on her "Brazil" float at the Westhampton Beach High School homecoming parade Friday.
“I love being with my friends on our float and celebrating how amazing we are. I am looking forward to going down Main Street,” said the 15-year-old sophomore.
The parade capped off a whole week of fun. Senior Raj Ghayalod was just happy to attend school Friday in untraditional clothes.
“I wore a toga today and that was the best,” said Ghayalod, 17.
Principal Chris Herr said that the parade was an entertaining way to include the community in all the fun.
“As we go along, people come outside their houses and stores. It’s a great community event,” said Herr. “The whole week for homecoming is great. There is such a positive buzz throughout the building all week.”
Students from each class displayed their colorful floats for the theme "Countries." Led by the Westhampton Beach High School marching band playing "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, the homecoming parade began in the school parking lot, traveling along Lilac Road and Main Street.
With the Big Ben clock and the English flag blowing high in the air, the freshmen displayed their "England" float while the sophomores chose parrots and sand for their "Brazil" float. The juniors created a replica of the infamous Eiffel Tower with a French bakery with bob bons and macaroons to represent their "France" float, and the seniors decorated their "United States" float with American flags, fireworks and ‘We the People’ scroll.
The juniors ended up prevailing in the float contest.
Westhampton Beach freshman Thomas Schroder was soaking up every bit of this new experience.
“This is my first time being in the parade," the 14-year-old said. "I am excited because the parade supports the freshmen creativeness with our float. I am happy about going down Main Street, so it’s whoop dee doo.”