Homecoming Parade: Passport to Pacific

Fahad Almenai Ready for a parade? ASuop brings back “Passport to Pacific!” as this year’s homecoming theme.

Fahad Almenai
Ready for a parade? ASuop brings back “Passport to Pacific!” as this year’s homecoming theme.

University of the Pacific’s Homecoming Parade is back again, and this time it’s expected to be even bigger and better than last year’s event.

Students in Pacific’s ASuop have worked night and day for weeks in order to make this year’s parade their best show yet.

After receiving feedback last year from students and alumni who were disappointed that Lip Sync and the Parade times were so close together, ASuop has changed up this year’s schedule so that a whole new event — which includes Lip Sync and the Tiger Rally — will occur on Friday night, so that Saturday can be entirely dedicated to the Homecoming Parade.

So what can students, community members and alumni expect from this year’s extravaganza?

In addition to the 11 floats that will make their way down the Miracle Mile route, there will be 37 other groups that will join in either cars or walking the route with banners and smiles. This year’s marshal, Bill Coen, who has worked with the development offices at the University for 14 years, will lead the parade.

Similar to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York every year, our parade will also have a “performance zone” where eight different groups, including our very own Tiger Dancers, will stop to perform a routine. This area will be located where Tuxedo Avenue meets the Mile.

Spectators can also get excited about seeing Pacific’s first Homecoming court in over 20 years as they ride in convertibles through the parade. The court is made up of 10 court members, a female and male representative from each class who have exemplified the qualities of an outstanding Pacific student, and then two additional seniors who have been crowned King and Queen.

This is a free, family-friendly event that is expected to draw large crowds from the Pacific and Stockton community alike, including over 300 participants alone actually walking along the route.

ASuop is excited to announce there will be food, face painting, balloon animal artists, giveaways and plenty of Pacific pride to go around.

This year’s event will occur this Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. However, buses will begin leaving from Burns Tower here on campus to take students to the parade route starting at 11 a.m.

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