Homecoming Celebrated with Annual Parade

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Lauren Petterson – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

 

Saturday morning, MU fans lined the streets to watch the Annual Homecoming Parade.

The crowd was composed of students, alumni and families that were brought together by their love for MU. The upbeat spirit of the parade seemed to evoke attendee’s feelings towards MU.

“This is actually my first year [attending the parade]. I came to Mizzou from Ohio and I absolutely love it. It’s been a great experience so far,” said MU Student, Leslie Day.

“Oh, it’s fantastic. I’m loving it so far. The weather’s perfect and the floats are amazing, so it’s awesome right now,” said MU student, Jena Brotherton.

Similar to Family Weekend, which took place earlier this semester in Sept., Homecoming serves as an excuse for parents to visit their students and bond with them over MU.

“Our parents are here. It’s pretty cool,” said MU student, Jacob Scholl.

Parade goers expressed their admiration for the hard work of Fraternities and Sororities on their floats, which evidently paid off. The intricate details on each of the floats with their unique themes amazed and surprised attendees.

Another crowd favorite was the bands. Parade goers of all ages could be seen tapping their toes or even dancing to the beats that Marching Mizzou and high school bands played.

“I absolutely love the band. Percussion is my thing,” said MU Student, Mikaela Adams.

The word ‘tradition’ seemed to retain its meaning when referring to the parade; according to an alumnus, the general structure and spirit of parade has been consistent since she began attending it.

“To be perfectly honest, it hasn’t changed in the sense that [it] always drew a big crowd like this, the floats were always one of the highlights. It’s much the same, just different faces,” said MU Alumni, Michelle Spray.

 

As the parade came to an end, it was clear that the tradition had succeeded in kicking off the Homecoming festivities by filling the MU campus with energized school spirit. Parade goers then made their transition from one tradition to another by preparing to focus their school spirit on the Homecoming football game later in the afternoon.

 

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