Mizzou Celebrates Homecoming
COLUMBIA - Typically well-attended MU Homecoming Celebrations took on a new vibrancy Saturday with the addition of a live national television broadcast from the Quad.
Early Saturday morning, fans came out in record numbers for the live broadcast of ESPN's GameDay on the Quad.
ESPN says there were 18,000 fans attending the show, breaking Nebraska's record of 15,000.
Fans started to arrive last night at Midnight, just to catch the show that started at 8.
ESPN Analyst Desmond Howard says fans on the MU Campus "set the bar high."
"It was an amazing crowd," Howard says. "Great atmosphere. This is exactly what we're looking for when we travel. I hope they win it so we can come back again."
Later on Saturday, MU's 99th Annual Homecoming parade wove through downtown Columbia and campus.
Several famous faces also turned out, like Grand Marshall Russ Mitchell of CBS News, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, and Athletic Director Mike Alden.
Many student groups also built floats or walked in the parade.
Float designer Stephanie Nagel said it took months to organize today's parade.
"We start with a design because you're given a theme and tradition," Nagel explains. "And then you have to think about what's best for your pairing what you have time to do, how much it's going to cost you. Then we spend months painting and glittering."
187 entries from all around Mid-Missouri participated including vintage cars, marching bands, and sports teams.