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.
We will be partnering with Gators March for Babies for our first official philanthropy, Homecoming Olympics! Teams will be able to participate in this Olympic-themed philanthropic event to raise proceeds that will benefit the University of Florida’s branch of the March of Dimes. We will also be collecting clothing items for the Clothing Drive and will be hosting a Service Day.