Homecoming parade to show school spirit

Matt Sowell

Georgia Southern University Eagles will line the streets tomorrow as the Homecoming Parade makes its way across campus at 4 p.m.

The parade will travel from Allen E. Paulson stadium to Sweetheart Circle, where there will be an after-party featuring live music, food and other activities. Following the party, there will be the crowning of this year’s Duke and Duchess and the winners of this year’s sprit point competition.

The theme of the parade will be “The Magical World of Georgia Southern” and will incorporate Disney favorites with a GSU twist.

“I’m really excited about this year’s homecoming theme,” Cara Carme, member of Alpha Delta Pi, said. “I voted for this theme last semester because I love Disney. I think it’s well-liked among GSU as well”

“We’ve got about sixty-nine floats,” Marisa Campbell, a University Programming Board’s Parade Committee member, said. “We don’t have just floats, we also have Krazy Cars, banners, and characters.”

“A Krazy Car is a car dressed up with spirited, theme-based items. People usually use go-carts. A float is a scene built on a hay truck or trailers that express spirit and the Homecoming theme as well,” Chatise Smith, spirit and traditions chair for UPB, said.

Campbell said the parade will have a variety of participants, including local businesses, the Southern Pride marching band, the football team, the Student Eagle Club, cheerleaders, Mister and Miss GSU, Homecoming royalty and a host of sororities, fraternities and on-campus organizations.

All of the floats will follow this year’s homecoming theme, “The Magical World of Georgia Southern.”

“This year we are going with a Lion King theme for our float,” Carme said, “One of our sisters came up with the idea, so far we are incorporating Mufasa and an eagle. We can’t wait to show it off.”

Following the parade, there will be an after-party in Sweetheart Circle that will mark the official end of homecoming week and make way for game day.

“It’s the official celebratory end to the Homecoming week,” Smith said. “There will be free food, a candy bar, multiple inflatables and interactive games for prizes, as well as Homecoming award ceremony for the participating student organizations, departments, and community members. We will also be crowning the Homecoming Duke and Duchess.”