Here comes the Homecoming parade

November 5, 2017


Kacie Kaufman
Managing Editor | kjk019@latech.edu


Red, white and loyal blue spirit will fill the streets of Ruston as the annual homecoming parade makes its way through campus and beyond this Saturday.


Attendees will be able to catch glimpses of the homecoming court, Miss Louisiana Tech, the Louisiana Tech Marching Band, the Regal Blues and other honored guests and groups as the parade passes by. The procession will begin at University Hall at 11:15 a.m. and end at Argent Pavilion.


Brittany Kastner, one of the SGA directors of student activities, said the team behind the event has been planning since last May.
“(We are) trying to create the best parade with the greatest amount of people, from alumni to fans to different student groups,” she said.


Kastner, a senior secondary education in chemistry major, said the annual parade serves as a way to connect students and other entities in the community.
“I think it is important to continue the tradition because the pep rally on Friday night is more for the students, but the parade on Saturday is important because it incorporates alumni and the fans as well as the students,” she said.


Kastner said she is looking forward to seeing the winners of the float competition as they participate in the parade.
“I’m excited to see the floats,” she said. “They are all based on the patriotic Homecoming theme and I am excited to see how each student group incorporates the theme with their own twist.”


Hailey Chaudoir, a junior biology major and a member of the Regal Blues, said the event was a way to share Tech spirit.


“In my opinion, the importance of the Homecoming parade is to highlight key parts of Tech and show off these elements to all the Tech family and friends that may be back in town for Homecoming,” she said.


Chaudoir said she looks forward to the opportunity to take part in the tradition.


“Walking in the parade will be a great honor and will be a great way for us to show our Tech spirit and love for the university,” she said.


Caroline Francis, a junior music education major and marching band member, said the music is an essential element of the parade.


“(The band is there) because of the importance of the music and being able to bring the school together,” she said. “Elevating the school spirit is the biggest part of it. It helps people get excited for what is going on.”


Camille Cole, a freshman speech pathology major, said she is anticipating seeing all of the different aspects of the parade, especially the fashion choices from the court.


“I am excited to see them (the court) in their outfits,” she said. “I think a lot of girls are excited to see what they pick because it reflects their personalities.”


Cole said as a freshman, she was looking forward to experiencing what was in store for Homecoming week.


“Homecoming is a big deal, and you just have to celebrate it,” she said.


The parade will start at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at University Hall. It will go over the Everett Street bridge and down Everett Street. It will turn left on West Alabama Avenue. The parade will go all the way down West Alabama until it hits Tech Drive where it will turn right. The parade will then turn left on Stadium Drive and then turn right on Bulldog Drive. The parade will end at Argent Pavilion.


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