It didn't rain on Friday's Haskell Indian Nations University homecoming parade.
A slow rain stopped and sunlight returned just at the afternoon launch of the parade at the Coffin Athletic Complex. The parade looped through campus and ended at the corner of Indian and Barker avenues. More than 20 cars and floats cruised through crowds that shouted for candy.
Sue Harjo-Wanna, Lawrence
University President Karen Swisher led the parade, riding in a vintage convertible, with the members of Haskell's Board of Regents just behind her. Beside homecoming queen candidates and participants in campus extracurricular groups, South Junior High School students danced and cheered through the route.
The Haskell Indians football team will face the Principia College Panthers in this afternoon's homecoming matchup. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Haskell Stadium.
Lawrence resident Sue Harjo-Wanna sat on the corner of Choctaw Avenue, as the parade wound to its finish. She occasionally scooped up Smarties and other candy tossed from floats.
"We come every year. It's a lot of fun to see people we know in the parade," she said. "I attended Haskell years ago, and we come every year to support the school."
Homecoming committee chair Gloria Graves said despite the overcast afternoon, she thinks more spectators attended the parade this year.
Public address announcer Manny King said with the excitement of the parade over, the football team stands a good chance to trounce Principia.
"We better win," he said.
"The parade is fun. They put a lot of time and effort into it," King said. "The students really like it. Usually we go in October, so this is really quick this year.