The University of Florida Homecoming Pageant is one of the longest, most celebrated, standing traditions and components of our annual Homecoming Celebration. The Pageant seeks to highlight some of the most outstanding women and men at this university while giving back to the Gainesville community. This year’s pageant promises to be a marvelous production that will display the students at UF who strive to keep tradition alive year after year.
The 2015 Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Skanska, is one of the longest running traditions at the University of Florida. On average, 100,000 people typically gather via attendance, TV broadcast, and radio. Each year, hundreds of student organizations and businesses throughout Florida participate in this event to showcase their achievements, promote businesses, or to just show Gator pride! We hope to make this year the best Homecoming Parade yet!
Soulfest, one of Homecoming’s most progressive events, is a multicultural extravaganza and concert event, which includes an evening of music, dance and art. Soulfest gives all university and community members an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and variety of cultures within the Gator Nation. This year’s event will include a showcase of multicultural pride featuring music, cultural attire, artistic performances from various student organizations, and international foods. Last year’s Soulfest exceeded 1,500 attendees and we are working diligently to surpass this goal.
The annual SunTrust Gator Gallop fun run will take place right before the homecoming parade beginning at Percy Beard Track. The 2 mile course will consist of a new route this year. Registration is open prior and on the day of the event when check-in starts. We encourage all students, families, faculty, and alumni to come out and partake in the race!
Gators of all ages are welcome at the Alumni BBQ. Taking place before the Homecoming football game at Emerson Hall, the BBQ is the perfect place to tailgate and bond with both new and old friends while preparing to cheer on the Gators. This event is a great opportunity to converse with alumni to learn about past traditions and those presently taking place.
The first-ever University of Florida Homecoming Festival will be taking place Nov 6 from 10 am to 12 pm on the Plaza of the Americas. The event will partner with Dance Marathon to put on a family-friendly atmosphere full of games, food, and entertainment. The Homecoming Festival is completely free, and will feature a bouncy house, Zorb track and sticky wall. Sponsors in attendance will include SpaceWalk Gainesville, Hyppo, Earth Fare and Orange theory as well as organizations from campus like the ROTC and UFAA. Come join in the fun as we begin a new tradition this year with the UF Homecoming Festival.
This year, the annual Gator Gallop has a brand new route. The run will now end on Plaza of the Americas.