Parade comes home

T.U.B.A.S. players in homecoming parade

Photo by Mumbi Kasumba.

Sousaphoners from the T.U.B.A.S. student organization added brass and bass to the ISU Homecoming parade in downtown Ames Sunday. Student organizers resurrected the homecoming parade this year after a decades-long hiatus. The pilot parade drew 70-plus parade entries, 400 parade participants and more than 2,000 watchers.

"I join the students in thanking President Leath for giving the green light to reviving this wonderful tradition," said Jeffery Johnson, Lora and Russ Talbot Endowed President and CEO of the alumni association. "I further express my thanks to Mayor Ann Campbell and the city staff for all of their support and guidance. The students met the challenge placed before them brilliantly. We hope the administration says, 'Let's make this a permanent reinstated activity for future homecoming celebrations.'" 

Homecoming activities

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Food on campus (Jeff's Pizza), free with $5 homecoming button, central campus
  • 7 p.m., Movie, "Halloweentown," Memorial Union Sun Room

Friday, Oct. 28

  • 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Food on campus (Iowa Pork Producers pork burgers), free with $5 homecoming button, central campus
  • 1-4 p.m., Exhibit, Homecoming collection and ISU historical treasures (items include freshman beanie, Jack Trice's letter and a minute book), special spotlight on the class of 1966, Special Collections and University Archives, 405 Parks Library
  • 1-5 p.m., Homecoming Hub, refreshments, giveaways, displays and free shuttles to/from campus, Alumni Center
  • 1:15-3 p.m., Alumni association honors and awards ceremony, reception follows, Scheman
  • 5-9 p.m., Celebration (7 p.m. pep rally includes Yell Like Hell finals, Cardinal Court recognition and coach and student-athlete appearances), family activities, refreshments available for purchase, Alumni Center
  • 8-10 p.m., ExCYtement in the Streets, self-guided walking tour of lawn displays, Greek community neighborhood
  • 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Pancake feed, central campus, $3
  • Midnight, Mass campaniling and fireworks, central campus

Saturday, Oct. 29