Annual Homecoming Parade Saturday morning

The SHSU Homecoming Parade returns to Saturday mornings due to popular demand. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 26.”Dr. Gaertner asked for a Homecoming committee to be established,” said Chrissy Price, alumni coordinator. Price said as a tradition, the parade was formerly held on a Saturday, but throughout the years, it moved to a Thursday evening. “The committee decided to move it back this year,” she said.The parade line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the commuter parking lot, located across from the Estill Classroom Building. Only parade entries will be allowed to enter the line-up area of the lot. All entries must be completely decorated and in place by 9:30 a.m. Decorating on the premises will not be allowed. The two types of vehicle entries accepted are categorized with in the motorized float division and the motorized non-float. Motorized floats are trailers decorated to the degree to which only the hitch and tires are visible. The non-floats are any vehicles or trailer that does not meet the requirement above. A parade marshal will be available to determine any questionable entries.The entries will be judge during the parade at the grandstand on Sam Houston Avenue. The floats are judged on creativity, appearance and the use of theme. The theme for this year is “Paint the Town Orange.”Entries competing will be judge in three different divisions: the SHSU registered student organizations department floats, motorized and non-motorized floats and the Huntsville community organization floats. “Everyone is welcome to compete,” said Price.Cash prizes and other awards are available for the best all-around entry, most creative, President’s choice and best use of theme. The cash prizes available within each division are $200 for first place, $100 for second place and third place receives $50.The winners of the event will be announced at the pre-game party at the Bowers Stadium parking lot following the parade.

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