Sophomores — the class of 2020 — took first place in the float competition. Photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead’s homecoming parade was a washout, canceled by this morning’s rain, but the game went on —  the Blue Waves picked up a much-needed win — and so did the float competition.

This year’s theme was Broadway musicals. The sophomore class took first place in the float contest, with their Willy Wonka themed float. Seniors took second place (“Wicked”), followed by juniors (“Lion King”) and then freshmen (“13”).

The floats were judged by Councilman James Wooten, Riverhead Police Officer Richard Freeborn, and RiverheadLOCAL co-publisher Peter Blasl.

Sophomores won the float competition. Photo: George Faella


The senior class of 2018 took second place. Photo: Peter Blasl
The junior class float finished in third place in the float competition. Photo: Peter Blasl
13 was an unlucky number for the freshman class, which finished fourth. Photo: Peter Blasl


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