It’s homecoming season for many high schools in the Rio Grande Valley, and with that comes the tradition of homecoming mums. "It’s about expressing yourself, I feel that it just makes everyone excited and it’s once a year,” said Milagros Rodriguez, a senior at Harlingen High School.
Homecoming mums are large arrangements high school students put together or buy from a flower shop or other small businesses, but what makes these mums so unique is the person that wears them.
“Guys do footballs on theirs, some girls do teddy bears, and depending what they are in, for example, Cardettes or marching band we’ll decorate our little bears to match. It’s just a great way to express yourself during these times,” said Rodriguez.
Mums have been a tradition since the ’70s, and those traditions continue till this day. A lot of flower shops depend on the sales of these arrangements, but since the pandemic and students doing virtual learning last year, business slowed down.
“It’s picking up, I mean everyone has their school spirit so they are coming in and placing their orders. Not as much as past years but they’re still placing orders,” said Yaya Rosillas, owner of Elva’s Flower Shop in Edinburg.
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