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Florida A&M University's homecoming parade draws political candidates as well as bands and floats

Cheerleaders in orange uniforms and green and orange pom-poms lift one of their members overhead
Margie Menzel
FAMU cheerleaders perform stunts before a delighted crowd

More than 355 groups and organizations registered for Florida A&M University’s homecoming parade on Saturday. Many hopeful political candidates were among them.

The parade drew high school bands from as far away as Charleston, South Carolina, and thousands along the route.

It also drew Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist, who is challenging Governor Ron DeSantis, and Congressman Al Lawson, who is battling Congressman Neal Dunn in a newly re-drawn district that favors the latter.

State Senator Loranne Ausley walked with the Florida Senate Democrats’ “Freedom Tour” bus, which is traveling District 3 to stump for her.

Other candidates included Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey and Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, who are in a run-off for mayor…

County Commissioner Nick Maddox and challenger Josh Johnson…

Paula DeBoles Johnson and David O’Keefe, competing for the open county commission seat that Dozier has resigned…

And State Rep. Allison Tant and City Commissioner Jack Porter, who aren’t up for re-election till 2024.