BRANFORD — After a spirit-filled parade through the streets of Branford on Friday afternoon, Tiara Crusaw and Hannah Young were the big winners Friday night at Cleve Sikes Field at Buccaneer Stadium.

Crusaw was crowned the homecoming queen with Young named the homecoming princess during the homecoming festivities.

The streets in Branford were flooded with school spirit Friday afternoon as the crowd lined down Suwannee Avenue, where people could be seen cheering, taking photos and picking up candy from the passing vehicles, floats, and UTV’s all decorated for Branford’s homecoming.

Sheriff Sam St. John was one of the first in the parade lineup, to which he displayed a sign that said “Hooray for Game Day” and wished the Buccaneers’ good luck from the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office.

Suwannee County Fire Rescue and EMS were also apart of the parade, flashing their lights and sirens for the crowd to raise school spirit for the upcoming game to take place that evening.

The homecoming floats for the classes all held a Halloween theme for beating the “Ducks,” the Cornerstone Charter team that Branford was up against for its homecoming match.

One of the floats consisted of an old Suwannee School District bus that was reconfigured with paint to look as if blood was smeared all over the side, while the others consisted of tombstones for the Ducks, pulling a wagon with a ducks costume in it behind them, and even a pirate ship with a watery grave for the “Duck crew.”

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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