2013 Homecoming Parade Information
Each year, floats, bands, clowns, fraternities, sororities, student organizations and many others gather on Wood Street and march up Fifth Avenue past the stadium with crowds assembled on both the East and West sides of the street.
YSU’s Homecoming Committee invites your organization to participate in this year’s Homecoming Parade! It will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, followed by the Homecoming football game at 4:00 p.m. The parade is a campus tradition, so your participation will play a vital role to the event’s success! Also, it will be a great opportunity for you to show your school spirit and promote your organization to alumni, current students and the community.
Float Building Competition
Parade entries should be centered on our “Penguin Pride Planet-wide” theme. Student organizations can build a float, decorate a vehicle, or walk in the parade with a spirit banner. Float competition awards include:
Best Overall Greek Float
Best Overall Non-Greek Float
Best Theme-Oriented (NEW AWARD FOR 2013!)
Parade Entry Form (CLICK HERE) Entry forms are due by Friday, October 4th.
Information for Parade Participants: POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
If you are participating in the 2013 parade, please see the details below. Please call Carrie Anderson, Homecoming Advisor at 330-941-4702 should you have any questions. See you at the Parade and GO PENGUINS!!!
The parade is the highlight of the Homecoming celebration and is an exciting part of the Penguin football season. Here are the details:
All participants should arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sat., October 19, 2013. The staging area will be OPEN at 11:00 a.m. for ALL parade participants.
THE PARADE ROUTE FOR THE EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR REMAINS THE SAME – WE WILL STAGE ON WOOD STREET AND ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE URGED TO REPORT TO THE WOOD STREET STAGING AREA BY ENTERING “ONLY” FROM WICK AVENUE! Parade attendants will direct participants as to where to line up on the street.
- Judging for floats will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and winners will be based on the following criteria:
Best Overall Non-Greek Float: Design structure, creativity and participation.
Best Overall Greek Float: Design structure, creativity and participation.
Most Spirited: Overall enthusiasm and University pride.
Most Creative: Creative use of props and decorations.
Best Theme-Oriented: Fully encompasses the Homecoming theme.
All awards will be presented to the winners prior to the start of the parade. Note: We realize that not all participants will be participating in the contest.
- The parade lineup will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. The parade will be led by the YSU ROTC Color Guard and Ranger Team. At different intervals, participants will be called individually to enter the parade and mix with the floats, bands and cars.
- NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO THROW CANDY OR OBJECTS FROM THEIR VEHICLES OR FLOATS. PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE WALK BESIDE THE VEHICLE (OR FLOAT) AND “HAND” THOSE ITEMS TO THE INDIVIDUALS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.
NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO HAVE SQUIRT GUNS, FIRE EXTINQUISHERS OR OTHER “LIKE” DEVICES IN THE PARADE.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT, WHERE YOUNG CHILDREN ARE PARTICIPATING. NO MUSIC SHOULD BE PLAYED THAT CONTAINS PROFANITY OR MATERIAL NOT SUITABLE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL OR PUBLIC INTOXICATION WILL BE PERMITTED OR TOLERATED! FAILURE TO ADHERE WILL RESULT IN REMOVAL FROM THE PARADE OR IF NECESSARY, POSSIBLE PROSECUTION.
The parade will exit the staging area onto Fifth Ave. and proceed North past Stambaugh Stadium. At this point, the parade will turn right onto the Eastbound Service Road where the parade will disperse.
ANTIQUE CAR PARTICIPANTS:
If you plan on staying for the game, you may leave your vehicle in the M-4 parking lot. This is an area secured by an YSU Parking Attendant.