Crowds lined Central Ave. in downtown Eureka on Saturday, excitedly cheering as the participants of the Eureka Days parade made their way down the route.
Rockwood School District was represented, as well as Blevins
elementaries and Eureka High
, all wearing school colors, showing their pride and hefting large bags of candy to hand to the kids as the parade wound from 3rd St. to Geggie.
It was Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles' first Eureka Days parade, and he was impressed.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together in celebration of unity and fun," Miles said. "It's always wonderful to see a community come together."
Miles, Eureka High Principal Charles Crouther, Rockwood Board of Education Director Tamara Jo Rhomberg, Crestview
Assistant Principal Alexandra Krinski and Crestview teacher Meghan Menchella -- the district Teacher of the Year and a Eureka High grad -- walked alongside a Rockwood school bus and greeted paradegoers.
And, most importantly, they had plenty of candy to go around.
"My problem is keeping up with the bus and always having a full bag of candy," Crouther said. "I enjoy this immensely. It shows spirit and that there is a community here that's united with the schools. It's exceptional, and it can't be beat."
Other Rockwood dignitaries in the parade included Anna Coppin, the LaSalle Springs
Middle student who was named Eureka Citizen of the Year, and Cam Janssen, the former St. Louis Blues player who went to Eureka High.