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Homecoming parade tradition spans 80 years

October 18, 2012 12:00AM

Nearly everyone loves a parade and in Pittsburg, that’s especially true of Pittsburg State University’s annual Homecoming Parade. Thousands of spectators are expected to line Broadway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, for a Homecoming tradition that began 80 years ago with the first Homecoming Parade in 1933.

David Adams, assistant director for campus activities, said there are about 150 entries in this year’s parade, including 24 marching bands.

“The weather forecast is for beautiful fall weather and we expect a great turnout,” Adams said.

One of the attractions for spectators is the competition among campus groups for the best parade entries. Those include major floats and king and queen candidate cars. Student groups have been working in secret preparing to reveal their entries at the parade. The winners earn points that go toward the coveted Sweepstakes Trophy, which will be awarded in Gorilla Village prior to the football game.

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