This year’s Homecoming Parade will be on Sunday, October 15th. Over the past 34 years, the Homecoming Parade has become the longest running event of UConn Homecoming.

Both the community and the University enthusiastically await the arrival of this parade each year. Judges will be asked to look for originality, group spirit, theme representation and overall presentation quality when judging the parade units.

This year, there will be a number of changes to the parade participation, so please read carefully.

  1. Securing transportation and materials for parade units is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization. When preparing the unit for competition, be prepared for the worst kind of weather (although we’re hoping for sunshine). Consideration will not be given for any adverse effects caused by wind or rain.
  2. Float Assembly
    1. All floats must be assembled in “C Lot” which is off of Discovery Drive.
    2. Saturday, October 14th, we will open the lot at 12:00pm – at this time, coordinate with your driver and trailer company to leave their trailer for you.
    3. The lot will be open from 12:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday October 14th. You may have at most 100 individuals working on the float throughout this time.
    4. At 7:00pm all participants must leave C Lot – we will have security stationed overnight to ensure no one is in that area.
    5. At 7:00am on Sunday October 15th you and your team will be allowed in to make final additions to the float.
    6. At 11:00am all floats will be lining up on Glenbrook Road – this is where your team should meet for the actual parade.
    7. 12:00pm Parade kickoff
    8. 1:00pm Parade Ends
    9. All floats must remain at the Homecoming Carnival for the duration of the event. This is where the floats will be judged
    10. At 5:00pm you may break your float’s materials down
  3. Float Building Rules
    1. Only individuals who are registered to assist in the float build should come to C Lot – anyone else who is in attendance may subject the organization to be put into the Student Organizational Conduct Process
    2. Each team will be limited to bringing 5 vehicles to be parked in C Lot – you will receive parking passes for these vehicles
    3. Absolutely no alcohol or drug use will be allowed to happen during this event. In such circumstance, the team may will be subject to the Student Organizational Conduct Process, and could be barred from participating in Homecoming activities.

Homecoming meetings will keep you up to date on check-in and step-off times and last minute changes; therefore, your attendance at these meetings is highly recommended. Start work now on your parade entry.

Parade Rules

  1. All entries must be submitted by organizations that are registered and in good standing.
  2. Any type of materials may be used in construction, but for the protection of individuals on the parade unit must be stable and durable.
  3. Each organization must supply its own tools for dismantling its unit, and will be responsible for proper disposal of the unit.
  4. The Student Union Board of Governors and the Homecoming Committee will not be responsible for any damages that occur to any parade unit prior to, during, or after the parade.
  5. No parade unit may exceed 15 feet in height, beginning from the ground to the top of the unit. Floats higher than 15 feet will be disqualified.
  6. If you choose to have individuals stand on any structure; that structure MUST be sturdy and the height limit is 12 feet from the ground, including the individual’ s height.
  7. Your organization’s name must be clearly displayed on your entry.
  8. On the day of the parade all groups must check in their parade unit starting at 11:00 am. Parade units not checked in by 11:30 am may be disqualified.
  9. Any organization, which interferes with the procession or marching of another organization, will be removed from the parade and disqualified from participation.
  10. Parade units that are considered float units, are not permitted to stop in front of the reviewing stand for any sort of performance. **You must communicate that with your driver!!!*** Remember you are only being judged on the float and the presentation of your organization.
  11. Floats Unit will be directed by an “official homecoming committee member” to stop in front of the reviewing stand for a brief moment and then directed to continue moving. Any organization that does not follow these directions will be disqualified.
  12. Parade units that are considered marching units will be permitted to stop in front of the reviewing stand for no longer than one minute from the time you stop until the time you are directed to move forward. Any organization that does not follow these directions will be disqualified. ** Someone from your organization must be aware and watching for a homecoming representative**
  13. The Homecoming Chairperson will be the immediate authority on any and all matters regarding parade participation.
  14. The decision of the judges is final.
  15. Winners will be announced and receive their award at the Lip Sync competition.
  16. Parade entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    1. Theme Originality (demonstrates a unique incorporation of homecoming design & theme)
    2. Group/School Spirit (Husky Spirit, Organization Spirit, Homecoming Spirit)
    3. Overall Presentation (aesthetic construction, overall appearance, easily read, conveys message)