Oct 6, 2009

Homecoming includes parade, floats

by Tiffany Edwards

With the 2009 Homecoming game just around the corner, Student Activities and Liberty’s student body are gearing up for the 2009 Homecoming Parade on Oct. 17. The Homecoming Parade float competition is open to all university clubs, residence halls, departments and organizations.

“A Homecoming crowd is exciting, and I don’t believe anything can deter them from having a grand time ... so I can expect a great response of school spirit from alumni and students alike,” Associate Director of Student Activities Alese Chandler said.

According to the Liberty University Homecoming Parade entry form, community groups and organizations are allowed to participate in the parade, but are not eligible for the competition. Floats will also be screened prior to the parade to see if they comply with the guidelines outlined in the entry form.

Floats entered in the competition will be judged on creativity, themes and school spirit. First place will be awarded $500, second place will be awarded $250 and third place will be awarded $100, with the winners being announced at the Homecoming game.

“Specific pointers would be to have items that won’t blow away in
the wind, have a banner or signs to explain who they are, have candy or something fun to offer the crowd, create a cheer, and really... (there’s no limit) to creativity,” Chandler said. “Go all out and enjoy the fun … follow the theme and the judges will be more likely to give high ratings.”

Guidelines for the float competition, as listed in the Float Competition entry form, include:

• All participants will provide their own materials in the construction of the float, as well as driving around the parade route.

• You must provide your own motorized vehicle to pull around the parade route.

• Please have proper decoration and covering on all visible sides.

• Please do not go beyond reasonable dimensions: 12.5 feet wide and 20 feet high.

For the full list of guidelines and policies for the 2009 Homecoming parade, consult the Liberty University Homecoming Parade entry form packet. Entry forms are due on Oct. 12, and can be turned in at the Student Activities Office in Campus North or at the Student Activities table in the Reber Thomas Dining Hall.

Contact Tiffany Edwards at tredwards2@liberty.edu.


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