Walker High School was established in 1917, and the Vikings football team won its first football state championship in 1921. Perhaps that long and storied history is why the annual Walker High School Homecoming Parade is always one of the most anticipated events of the school year.
Prior to the homecoming football game on a Friday night each October, a pep rally and homecoming parade occur before the game. The parade starts from the school parking lot and commences through downtown Jasper, with the WHS marching band leading the way. Floats are built by students in a theme that usually depicts the upcoming game between the Walker Vikings and their opponent. Immediately after the football game, a homecoming dance is held at the Community Health Systems Activity Center.
Walker County is also home to two other large parades in the autumn months. An annual Veterans Day Parade occurs on the Saturday before Veterans Day, with many of the activities taking place at the site of the War Memorial on Jasper's Town Square.
Also, the largest local celebration of the year is the Chamber Christmas Parade, which boasts more than 100 entries and features people lining both sides of the street for many blocks in the Jasper downtown business district. The Chamber Christmas Parade occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as well.
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