Homecoming festivities at Kansas University kick off today with a 2:20 p.m. parade down Jayhawk Boulevard.
Floats covered with crepe, chicken wire and wood.
Fanfare, "Crimson and the Blue," bright skies, Jayhawk Boulevard, football.
And lots and lots of people.
Kansas University's homecoming starts today, and parents and friends and Jayhawks both old and new will begin flooding Lawrence, prepared to party their little blue tails off.
"This is an important event to bring alumni back to campus," said KU spokesman Tom Hutton. "It's a spirit booster, if you will, for the football game (6 p.m. Saturday kickoff). And I think it's a great time to get out and celebrate on what has been forecast as one of the nicest days of the year."
Low humidity, mild temperatures, sun -- the works.
The homecoming parade, scheduled to set sail about 2:20 p.m. today down Jayhawk Boulevard, will showcase 10 floats, 10 decorated cars and a plethora of bands, marching groups and student organizations carrying colorful banners.
One of the vehicles will be carrying a traditional Dixieland jazz band, sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and made up almost entirely with Jayhawk grads. Upwards of 2,000 people are expected to line the main campus drag.
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and perhaps head KU football coach Terry Allen will speak during the parade.
The rest of the weekend will be filled with barbecues, reunions and pre-game parties, including an alumni association tent picnic at 4 p.m. Saturday outside Memorial Stadium.
"It's a time that we get together with alumni and we have one thing in common, and that's KU. Whether we're 85 or 18, it's something that we can celebrate," Tracie Schuler, co-chair of this year's Homecoming Committee, said.
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