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'Welcome Home, Spartans': MSU gears up for homecoming parade

September 19, 2023
The MSU Marching Band march with their instruments at the MSU Homecoming Parade on Oct. 14, 2022.
The MSU Marching Band march with their instruments at the MSU Homecoming Parade on Oct. 14, 2022.

MSU will host its homecoming parade this Friday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. The parade, which will travel through the streets of East Lansing and MSU's campus, will feature the Spartan Marching Band, Michigan high school marching bands, MSU campus groups, community organizations, university officials, Sparty and more.

This year’s homecoming theme is "Welcome Home, Spartans," aiming to recognize MSU's importance to Spartans across the world.

"MSU alumni are known for their global impact," Alumni Marketing and Communications Manager Megan Cunningham said. "Students come from all corners of the globe, and after graduation (they) go on to make an impact in countless industries and locations. Every graduate has written their own story with their own unique accomplishments. But whatever the future holds, there's one thing that unites all Spartans: coming home."

For many Spartans still at MSU, the theme rings true. Computer science sophomore Rohan Kochhar said it will be exciting to see what students in his class will accomplish in the future.

"I have friends that go here — some are younger, some are older — and getting to see where all of us end up, but still having that connection with them just based off this one place (is exciting)," Kochhar said.

Students are also looking forward to the parade and the various homecoming events on campus throughout the week.

"(I'm) looking forward to seeing important people in our community come together and celebrate being a Spartan," business freshman Allysse Berger said. 

An award for the best float and a $500 prize will be given to the organization's float that best adheres to the parade's theme. There will also be awards and $250 prizes for the best banner, best group and best Spartan spirit. Winners will also receive recognition on the jumbotron at halftime of the football game against Maryland. 

The parade will start at the corner of Abbot Road and Burcham Drive in downtown East Lansing and go south on Abbot Road. Then the parade will turn onto Grand River Avenue and head east before entering campus at Collingwood Drive. The parade will finish at the intersection of Farm Lane and Shaw Lane. 

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