Line the streets, strike up the band and cheer on the 'Hawks -- the 1995 Kansas University Homecoming Parade is coming back to campus.
The traditional homecoming parade, for years a staple on Jayhawk Boulevard, is returning today to the storied route after a brief stint downtown.
And this time, even Chancellor Robert Hemenway is getting into the act. As master of ceremonies, the first-year chancellor will introduce football coach Glen Mason, assistant coaches and team captains.
"Everybody's excited about the game and about the prospects of winning after that tremendous win in Colorado last weekend," said Donna Neuner, director of membership services for the Kansas Alumni Assn. "It certainly sparked a lot of excitement up here. It should just be a really memorable weekend for everyone involved."
The parade, which begins at 2:20 p.m. at the Chi Omega Fountain, will include the KU marching band, organization floats and winners of student leadership awards. The parade will pause for Hemenway's remarks and a pep rally outside Wescoe Hall before ending at the Adams Alumni Center.
The parade kicks off a weekend full of homecoming activities, highlighted by Saturday's Kansas-Iowa State football game. Here's a rundown:
- 4 p.m. today: Women's soccer, Kansas vs. Central Missouri State, SuperTarget Field, off 19th Street behind Oliver Hall. Free.
- 8 p.m. today: SUA Homecoming Show, featuring Denny Dent and his Two-Fisted Art Attack, Kansas Union Ballroom. There is a charge.
- 11 a.m. Saturday: Picnic-Under-the-Tent, south end of Memorial Stadium, sponsored by the alumni association. There is a charge.
- 1 p.m. Saturday: Kansas vs. Iowa State football, Memorial Stadium. There is a charge.
- 8 p.m. Saturday: Women's volleyball, Kansas vs. Kansas State, Allen Fieldhouse. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free.
- 10:30 p.m. Saturday: Late Night with Roy Williams, Allen Fieldhouse. Entertainment begins at 10:30 p.m., followed by men's basketball scrimmage at midnight. Free, but canned goods will be accepted for charity.