From 1931 to 2021, Gator Growl at the University of Florida has come a long way. Originally cultivated as “Dad’s Day” back when UF was an all-men’s university, Growl has always held family, tradition and school spirit in its core. UF Homecoming and Gator Growl is recognized as the largest student-run pep rally in the entire world, bringing in acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Miller Band, Snoop Dogg, Robin Williams, Walk the Moon and many more. From a small group of students hanging out in the student union to setting off fireworks in The Swamp to jamming on Flavet Field, Gator Growl is enriched with tradition and a school spirit like no other. The week of homecoming includes events like Homecoming Pageant to Soulfest to Gator Growl, where alumni and students alike can immerse themselves in The Swamp to get ready for the big football game, while reliving college days and catching up with old friends.