Homecoming parade, alumni festivities scheduled Oct. 7

Herbie Husker pedals through UNL's 2010 homecoming parade.
Herbie Husker pedals through UNL's 2010 homecoming parade.

This year’s UNL Homecoming Parade with the theme of “New Kids on the Block — The Big Red in the Big Ten” is 6 to 7 p.m., Oct. 7.

The parade will begin at 14th and Vine streets, proceed east on Vine to 16th Street, turn south on 16th to R Street, and turn west to finish at the corner of 13th and R streets. Bus routes on and near the parade route will begin closing at 4 p.m.

In addition to floats built by registered student organizations, participants in the parade include the Cornhusker Marching Band, the Scarlets, UNL cheerleaders and student walking groups. The grand marshal will be Miss Nebraska Kayla Batt. Judging of parade entries will occur at the intersection of 16th and S streets by judges Justin Solomon (2010-11 student body president), Linda Moody (assistant director of Student Involvement) and Erin Wirth (director of Student Money Management).

The Nebraska Alumni Association will celebrate homecoming with activities from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Wick Alumni Center's Holling Garden.

Football Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. will feature a preview of the Nebraska-Ohio State game from former Huskers Tommie Frazier and Brendan Stai, and Greg Sharpe of the Husker Sports Radio Network.

A pep rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. or immediately following the homecoming parade. The program includes an introduction of homecoming royalty candidates, announcement of parade float winners and the second-annual jester competition in which students entertain the crowd with antics and costumes in hopes of earning the "Jester" crown. The winner will be introduced at halftime of Saturday's football game.

A block party from 8:30 to 10:30 featuring D*Funk will conclude the festivities.

Sponsors of homecoming include the UNL Athletic Department, Pepsi, the Office of the Chancellor, Association of Students at the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Alumni Association, Interfraternity Council, Pan-Hellenic, University Program Council, Residence Hall Association, Scarlet Guard and KFRX Radio.

— Zach Coppersmith, Homecoming Parade Public Relations; Shannon Sherman

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/q7o