Stillwater News Press

October 21, 2012

Sea of Orange Parade starts a day of celebration for Oklahoma State University fans, alums

By John Filonow
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Mikey liked it.

While he was shy about talking with a NewsPress reporter, 3-year old Mikey Davis’ mother Kimberly said he liked the horses and Pistol Pete.

Despite the 8 a.m. start time, Main Street in Stillwater was lined with clusters of parade watchers.

Oklahoma State University’s Sea of Orange Homecoming Parade lasted about an hour and a half.

Homecoming winners were announced at halftime of Oklahoma State’s victory over Iowa State.

Homecoming winners were:

• Homecoming House Decoration: Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho

• Homecoming Sweepstakes winners: Oklahoma Cattleman’s and Cattlewoman’s Association, Parker Hall and Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Rho.

• Homecoming King and Queen Riley Pagett and Kylie Roper.

When the parade began, the first marching band played the state song “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein.

Lucy Newlin, an OSU vocal music graduate who works at Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, sang the words in a soprano.

“I’m not even warmed up,” she said.

Arvin Thames said he has lived in Stillwater all his life. In his 58 years, he has seen about 40 homecoming parades.

He said his favorite parade was last year when the 2011 OSU football team went 11-1 and won its first Big-12 title.

“Last year we went pretty well all the way,” Thames said. “We had a real big crowd out here last year.”

Anya Grether, an OSU microbiology graduate, was walking in the parade for the OSU Veterinary School. Her mom works in the school’s development office, she said. She was walking Elsi and Addi, her two Scottish terriers. She said she has walked in two parades and watched 10 or more.

“They’re all great, we have the best Homecoming in the world. Everyone knows that,” Grether said.

Kyle McIntyre and his girlfriend Sara Hernandez got up early to watch the parade.

Hernandez said she liked “the tall guy,” who was on stilts and dressed as a cowboy.

McIntyre said he liked getting the candy thrown from the floats, but they also planned on eating in a downtown restaurant.

“We were gonna sit inside and watch the parade, but all the employees were standing outside. We’re gonna make them go inside and work,” McIntyre said.

Five-year-old Isaac Eubanks liked the candy too, his mother Karen said, but he was also fascinated by the stoplights. Issac said he liked having his teddy bear with him.

“The best part is my teddy bear,” he said. “It’s from my grandma’s house. I can’t find the wagon for it.”

Julianne Burns, who is 3 years old, also liked the candy, her mother Jill said. Burns said her daughter liked the Storm Chaser and Army trucks. Her daughter was darting around on a sugar rush.

“Julianne!” her mother called as she tried to get her to stand still.

Jackson Caves, 11, said he liked the marching bands and the candy. Jackson was there with his parents, Matt and Jamie Caves from Amber.

Jamie Caves said their family comes to the parade every year.

Jackson said his favorite sports teams are the OSU Cowboys and the Amber-Poccasset high school baseball team, the Panthers. He plays baseball, but said he likes basketball a bit more.

After the parade, the crowd began to thin as people made their way to their cars, nearby restaurants or the football stadium.