The parade will begin at 6:30 PM at the Moose Lodge Hall on East Loveland Avenue

by Cassie Mattia

Loveland, OhioThe anticipation has begun for Loveland High School’s Homecoming activities and Loveland Magazine has the 411 on what to expect this year! 

The 2019 Tiger Homecoming events will begin Thursday, September 26th with one of Loveland’s most coveted traditions, the Loveland Athletic Booster’s Homecoming Parade. The parade will begin promptly at 6:30 PM at the Moose Lodge Hall on East Loveland Avenue. The parade will then proceed to West Loveland Avenue, to Rich Road, and then end the night at #1 Tiger Way at Loveland High School.

RP Diamond will be selling Tiger Spirit Wear at Loveland Magazine during the Parade. Loveland Magazine is located right on the parade route in the heart of the West Loveland Historic District at 514 West Loveland Avenue and is one of the most favorite spots to view the parade because of ample parking in the District.

Immediately after the parade, the Loveland students will take part in the annual Powder Puff Football game at Tiger Stadium.

If you have any questions about the Parade contact Tori Morrison, the LAB Parade Coordinator (Email).

Grand Marshall is Tony Ricci

Tony Ricci (Photo from linkedin)

Every year Loveland High School selects a Grand Marshall to lead the annual Homecoming parade. As always, the individuals selected to be the Grand Marshall has been someone who truly takes an interest in the success of the Loveland High School students and is a positive force in the Loveland community. This year Tony Ricci was selected to lead the 2019 parade. For the last 25 years, Ricci has owned and operated Tony’s of Cincinnati, an American Seafood and Steakhouse located at 12110 Montgomery Road. Ricci’s incredible hospitality and back to his roots cuisine has allowed him to become a Cincinnati Food Icon. Although Tony’s of Cincinnati has been a huge part of Ricci’s life over the past several years, he has always found the time to take an interest in Loveland High School and its students.

Brian Conatser, Loveland High School’s Athletic Director, couldn’t express enough how generous Ricci and his family have been to Loveland over the past several years.

Brian Conatser, Loveland High School’s Athletic Director, couldn’t express enough how generous Ricci and his family have been to Loveland over the past several years. “The Ricci’s have donated more than one could ever imagine! They have provided things such as senior dinners for each sport season for every senior athlete that plays a sport, a team dinner for any varsity team that wins a Team ECC championship, meals for any team that makes a deep dive in playoffs, pregame meals, donations for kids that need financial support for athletic gear or pay-to-play fees, donations to the Loveland Athletic Boosters every year at all major fundraisers, employment opportunities for students, sponsorship for Showchoir, Robotics, and Athletics, and support for Loveland co-curricular and extra-curricular sports and activities,” Conatser said. “Our student experience has been enhanced by the touch of the Ricci Family. Thank you very much, Tony Ricci, for your ongoing commitment to our programs and the Loveland Community,” Conatser added.

Conatser was not the only person to express his gratitude for Tony Ricci and his family’s support. President of the School Board, Art Jarvis, owner of Jarvis Global Investments located near Loveland’s Downtown Historic District, also had a lot to say about Ricci and his family. When Loveland Magazine asked Jarvis what he thought about Ricci being the Grand Marshall he said, “I think it’s an excellent choice! He has done so much for the community in the last 8 or 9 years. He’s been there every step of the way with Loveland students and athletes! He’s been amazing with supplying our athletes with meals. All seniors get a dinner no matter what sport and if a sports team wins the ECC they get another dinner from Tony! I can’t even tell you how much Tony has spent on food for Loveland’s students. He’s also a huge donor for the Loveland High School Show Choir. Anything that we have gone to him for about the students in Loveland he has donated, no questions asked!”

Jarvis also noted that Ricci spends a lot of his time in the community and added that “Tony is a dear friend of mine and is always willing to listen – no matter the topic. Tony’s steaks are the best steaks I’ve ever had! This guy knows how to make a steak and I love eating at his restaurant. Tony is just a great guy with a great family.”

I think he (Tony Ricci) makes Loveland what it is today.” – Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams, President of the Loveland Athletic Boosters was also eager to praise Tony Ricci. He said, “I just think that as a community we’re lucky and blessed to have someone like him. It’s not only the money he gives, but he gives a great deal of his time. I think he makes Loveland what it is today.” 

The Homecoming festivities will continue on Friday, September 27th with a Homecoming Pep Rally at 1:30 PM at Loveland High School and the Homecoming Football Game at the Tigers Stadium at 7 PM where they will face the Milford Eagles.

Homecoming festivities will continue on Friday, September 27th with a Homecoming Pep Rally at 1:30 PM at Loveland High School and the Homecoming Football Game at the Tigers Stadium at 7 PM where they will face the Milford Eagles. At halftime, the Homecoming Queen and King will be announced and the Marching Band and Color Guard will perform throughout the evening.

The homecoming game will have lots of spirited Loveland High School Students as well as friends and family members so be sure to stop by and support TIGER NATION! Who knows if you stop by you may just catch some Rozzi Fireworks and Grand Marshall Toni Ricci’s helicopter arrival to deliver the game ball!

On Saturday, September 28th Loveland High School will host the 2019 Homecoming Dance beginning at 8 PM and ending at 11 PM.

Loveland Magazine wishes all those involved in the Homecoming festivities the best of luck! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year! If you would like to stay up to date on the latest about Loveland High School’s 2019 Homecoming events you can of course visit Lovelandmagazine.com or you may visit lovelandtigers.org, lovelandschools.org or https://twitter.com/LovTigers_AD.



Columnist Cassia Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland

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