Screenwriter Josh Gilbert, a 1992 West Aurora graduate, is the grand marshal for West Aurora High School's homecoming parade, which starts at 2:50 p.m. Thursday. The homecoming celebrations will also include an outdoor movie shown on a giant inflatable screen.
The school's homecoming theme this year is Hollywood Red Carpet.
Gilbert co-wrote Mr. Woodcock, a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon that was released in 2007.
The parade will begin at the corner of Garfield and Calumet avenues. It travels east on Garfield, south on Fordham, west on Kensington and north on Calumet.
Other homecoming activities include a car-less drive-in on Tuesday, and a car show. The movie Grease will be on shown at 7 p.m. on an inflatable movie screen in the outdoor courtyard in front of the high school 1201 W. New York St., Aurora. For $2, students and families can bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the movie.
For the first time, students and staff will be able to enter their cars in a car show. Awards will be given in seven categories, including Most spirited (exemplifies the West High spirit), and It's a Wreck (but still runs).
We are aiming for at least 30 cars, said Andrew Scharm, the high school's director of student activities. We hope it will grow each year.