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LAKE RIDGE, Va. – The annual Homecoming Parade for Woodbridge Senior High School will begin earlier this year.

In a statement from Prince William Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May, the school will begin lining up the parade floats and cars about 4 p.m. Friday Oct. 12, but the parade will begin a bit earlier this year to avoid impacting the height of the afternoon rush on Old Bridge Road.

Many students and parents at Woodbridge were concerned after a rumor began floating around that the Virginia Department of Transportation denied this year’s request for a permit to hold the parade. The rumor was untrue, as transportation officials asked the school to reconsider the parade route.

May stated he met with the school principal David Huckestein and, after much discussion, formulated the plan to start the parade earlier in the afternoon.

Huckestein has not returned a request for comment for this story. Woodbridge’s Homecoming Football Game will also be held on Oct. 12, and an annual Homecoming Dance will be held the following evening.