Blacksburg, Va. (WFXR)– Students at Blacksburg High School are celebrating their first full homecoming since the start of the pandemic.

The parade route started at Eheart Street, finishing at Virginia Tech’s Alumni Mall.

Student council Vice President, Bethany Thompson says this year’s homecoming is massive because they are celebrating all the graduates who were not able to partake in past traditions due to covid.

She says this year, they are bringing back the homecoming dance, which they haven’t been able to do for the last three years.

“We’ve danced around this idea. It has been brought up in the past years, and it’s not been able to happen. We are just so thrilled that we get to have that this year. The students are so excited. We are expecting about 1,000 students to turn out,” said Thompson.

The homecoming dance will take place this Saturday, after the homecoming football game.

This year’s theme is ‘masquerade’!

All proceeds from the dance will go to the high school’s Thanksgiving baskets. In past years, the council has created 800 baskets, so this year they are hoping for even more.

When it comes to naming the homecoming winners, Blacksburg High School makes sure everyone is involved.

“Students wanted to be inclusive, so we are recognizing the top three instead of the top two. Moving away from traditional roles of King and Queen,” said Adam Simpson, Blacksburg High School Principal.

The top four 9th, 10th, and 11th have already won homecoming court. The top 10 winners have been named for the senior class homecoming court.

At the homecoming game, the school will announce three more winners.