MU Homecoming Parade begins game day with a bang

3 months 4 hours 21 minutes ago Friday, October 20 2017 Oct 20, 2017 Friday, October 20, 2017 6:38:00 PM CDT October 20, 2017 in News
By: Maia McDonald, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri kicked off its 106th Homecoming game day early Saturday morning with a parade full of floats, flags, and fun.

Many people lined up early to get prime seating for parade, in which music was playing, people were dancing and candy was being thrown. 

Fan favorites like Truman Tiger and the Mizzou Cheer Squad also made appearances in Saturday's parade. 

Baylee Francka, one of the three Homecoming tri-directors, said there was a lot for people to look forward to during the 2017 Homecoming parade.

"We have 15 Greek groupings participating in the parade. We also have a wide host of student organizations, campus entries, from young and old ages all included. We have local bands, high school bands, our own Marching Mizzou and cheerleaders as well as a variety of campus dignitaries."

Local businesses were also able to show their Mizzou pride by walking in the parade as well. 

In a route that will be familiar to those who attended last year's parade, floats started out on Rollins and Tiger Avenue near Greek Town and ended on Cherry and 5th Street. 

As a tri-director, Francka had to manage many other students in order to make many of the 2017 Homecoming events possible.

"I oversee the committee of 36 other students on the homecoming steering committee and then off of that each student is on a sub-commitee. So there's 10 sub-committees. I oversee four of them and we meet weekly as a team. We meet with staff of the alumni association. We meet with campus and other city officials to plan our respective events."

Mackenzie Stout who served on the parade committee said each committee member had a hand in making  the parade what it was.

"it's been a lot of fun," Stout said. "We have a really dynamic, different group. Each personality and strength has come out to serve a unique role on our committee and we've had a blast."

The parade committee was largely in charge in making the parade go on without a hitch. 

"Our parade committee has been hard at work since last semester, which is crazy that the planning started that far in advance," Francka said. "But we started this summer with getting entry  registrations online and then have been working since then to develop lineups and placements, and collect scripts and get judges, and MCs. There's a lot of moving parts to it but we have a very competent parade committee who's been hard at work and I feel very prepared and ready to take on whatever the parade throws at us." 

Francka said the Homecoming Parade is fun way to get people pumped before the actual game, which was Saturday at 11:00 A.M. 

"We're very lucky in Columbia to have such a support system in our community and as a university," she said. "Just telling people that it's homecoming is enough to get them to campus and to feel this electric energy that surrounds us as we go to homecoming weekend and there's really no better way than to start game day than with a homecoming parade featuring many of your most favorite aspects of Mizzou."

MU's Homecoming activities finish off on Sunday with events dedicated to removing the decorations around campus. 

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