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Chamber set for 90th homecoming parade

Nov. 12, 1999

By ARON WATMAN

Reporter

Since Nov. 24, 1909, Baylor has sponsored one of the premier homecoming parades in the nation. The Baylor Homecoming Parade is the oldest and largest collegiate parade in the nation.

This year's parade is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday with Chancellor Herbert H. Reynolds and his wife, Joy, as grand marshals.

The parade has come a long way since 1909.

The first parade featured horse-drawn wagons, marching bands and a slew of student and civic organizations.

Alumni, students, faculty and guests lined the sides of the streets to view the spectacle. However, it wasn't until after 1945 that the parade became an annual event.

'It's a real good opportunity for everyone to come together and participate in an event that the whole community can see,' said Kevin Schindler, a San Antonio senior and Baylor Chamber of Commerce homecoming chair. 'It's impressive to see what Baylor students can do when it comes to the homecoming parade.'

In comparison to the university's first homecoming parade, today's parades feature approximately 3,000 participants and nearly 300,000 viewers. KWTX-TV has covered the event since 1976.

On average, 150 entries, 15 floats, seven