Every fall, East Dallas neighbors gather to watch their youth load up into trucks, convertibles and trailers to throw trash into the streets.
Crowds cheer, waive and encourage the littering, which leaves the streets covered in garbage that remains for days.
"It is such a special time," said Junius Largent, a parent of a seventh grader at J.L. Long. "This will be my daughter's first time to throw refuse in the street."
The littering train of vehicles runs for blocks, stopping traffic in the neighborhood. What originated as a celebration of alumni returning to their school to reflect and watch a football game has now devolved into alumni standing in the streets and getting pelted with Dum Dums.
Largent, whose house is on the parade route, appreciates the special celebration. "I find dead squirrels and birds in my yard for weeks. I think they are choking on all the candy wrappers, "he said. "We are so fortunate to be a part of such a unique tradition."
I.B. Wilson, a teacher at the local high school, is always impressed with the event. "I can't believe we can get that many kids outside for over an hour," she said. "The one thing that can tear teens away from their phones is having actual people give them unwarranted adoration."