Archive for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Saturday afternoon parade planned as part of KU Homecoming celebration

October 20, 2010


As Kansas University’s Homecoming Week counts down to this Saturday’s 6 p.m. football kickoff against Texas A&M;, the KU Alumni Association is sponsoring a number of different activities for students and the public.

The annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday along Jayhawk Boulevard, and a pancake feed is scheduled at the same time on the Watson Library lawn.

Other major events scheduled for the remainder of the week include:

• 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Adams Alumni Center, Homecoming Food Fest and Jayhawk Jingles — five local food vendors provide free food as KU students perform songs and dances.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Wescoe Beach, Crimson and Blue Day. KU football coach Turner Gill signs autographs at noon, while free food and raffles are ongoing throughout the event.

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Kansas Union, Jayhawk Jog 5K Walk/Run. Proceeds benefit the United Way, and sign-up is available at the event or in advance.


skinny 7 years, 6 months ago

I liked it better when the parade was downtown!

Uhjh 7 years, 6 months ago

Terrible time should be around noon.

Raider 7 years, 6 months ago

Not trying to be a smarta$$ s please don't flame this post. But why is it that KU doesn't have a Homecoming queen? Just curious. Thanks, D

Kt1721 7 years, 6 months ago

The parade time is always two hours prior to kick-off therefore last year with a 11 am kick off the parade started at 9 am and this year with a 6 pm kick off the parade will begin at 4 pm. These times must remain the same each year since the planning of this event begins almost a year in advance.

As far as the homecoming queen, KU has not crowned a homecoming queen since 1969. The new tradition is to honor 10 outstanding seniors, 5 men and 5 women, for their achievements while at the university with the E.x.C.E.L. award. These finalists are selected from a large pool of applicants and then are interviewed the week before homecoming. Then during the game one male and one female will be announced as the E.x.C.E.L. winners. This is a great tradition that honors students' who are dedicated to KU, community service, and leadership. So in a way they are the "new" homecoming kings and queens.

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