September 21, 2005
Purdue lights up for Homecoming parade, rally
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. The fifth annual Boilermaker Night Train Homecoming Parade, a fireworks show and a carnival will highlight Purdue University's Homecoming festivities leading up to the Oct. 15 noon football game against Northwestern.
The Purdue "All-American" Marching Band and the Boilermaker Special will be on hand for the Homecoming parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
The parade, sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, also will feature the Homecoming king and queen court and floats designed by student organizations and community members. A fireworks show will follow the parade.
The theme of this year's parade is "All Eyes on Purdue: Purdue Mascots Starring in Your Favorite Movie." Each organization will choose a movie and then must include one of three Purdue mascots in their float designs: Purdue Pete, Rowdy or the Boilermaker Special train. Also this year, organizations can choose to carry over the same theme in a window-painting contest and banner competition.
This year's parade grand marshal is the Class of 1979 Gift Committee with chairman Keith Krach.
A new parade route is planned this year. The parade will begin on Third Street, turn south on Russell Street, west on First Street, north on MacArthur Drive, east on Third Street, north on Intramural Drive and end at Slayter Hill.
Earlier that week, a blood drive is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom, and a carnival and pep rally are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at Slayter Hill. This year's carnival, which begins at 5 p.m., will feature inflatables, music and free food. At the 7 p.m. pep rally, the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band, Spirit Team and Dance Team will perform. Also, the Homecoming king and queen's court will be introduced.
Students can vote for the Homecoming king and queen Sept. 26 through Oct. 5. For information on the candidates, visit the Purdue Student Union Board Web site.
All events are free and open to the public. Float announcements and parade judging will take place Friday, Oct. 14, at the Recreational Sports Center on North Intramural Drive.
Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Margie Stoltz, Purdue Student Union Board program adviser, (765) 494-8907, email@example.com
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