A larger-than-normal Kansas University homecoming parade today will make its way down Jayhawk Boulevard.
The parade, featuring about 40 floats, starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Chi Omega Fountain at the west end of Jayhawk Boulevard and will proceed east to the Adams Alumni Center.
Robert Foster, who is stepping down as director of the KU Marching Jayhawks after 20 years, will be the parade grand marshal, said Leslie Heusted, homecoming chair and program director for the Kansas and Burge Unions.
"The parade theme, Passport to the World, was chosen because we wanted to send the message to all campus groups, departments, students (and) community groups that they were invited to participate," Heusted said.
She attributed increased participation in the parade to the theme. About 30 floats participated last year.
After the parade, a Post-Parade Party will take place in front of the Kansas Union with student groups and musical bands performing.
The Class of 1960 is having its 40th reunion at this year's homecoming. Its reunion begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the alumni center.
At 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Lied Center, Student Union Activities is presenting a concert by Tim Reynolds, guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band.
On Saturday, a pre-game brunch begins at 8:30 a.m. in the alumni center.
Student winners of the Ex.C.E.L. Award for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership, given by KU Student Union Activities and the Board of Class Officers, will be honored in Memorial Stadium prior to the start of the KU-Colorado game at 11:30 a.m.
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, comedian Steven Wright will perform at the Lied Center.