A huge highlight of Gator Growl is an event unlike any other, right on University Avenue. It is an event filled with joy, excitement, singing, dancing, friends, and orange and blue — a lot of it. The Homecoming Parade is the perfect spectacle to set the momentum for Gator Growl and the Homecoming game.
Starting at Gale Lemerand Drive, over 120 organizations make there way down University Avenue and end at Main Street. Organizations, ranging from local charities to businesses to student clubs, get to show off their personalities with unique floats of their own creation as they dance through the crowds. Cheerleaders, marching bands, pageant winners, dancers, and community leaders also get to make there way down the line and interact and excite the crowd.
Parade-goers can also experience the local community through food. Street vendors line University Avenue, bringing joy and full stomachs through pizza, snow cones, sandwiches, and more.
The parade is a Gainesville favorite celebrated throughout the whole community. UF and Gainesville schools are closed for the parade, welcoming and encouraging the community to come out, enjoy the afternoon, and celebrate the Gator Nation. It makes UF alumni, current students, fans, and community members all feel connected and a part of the town.
So, if you’re looking to head out to this celebratory experience, don’t forget your voice, your hunger, your joy, your Gator gear, and, of course, your Gator chomp.
The Homecoming Parade will be held on Oct. 4 at noon. For more information, contact Logan Piper at firstname.lastname@example.org.