Baylor Homecoming Parade to Be Broadcast Live on KCEN-TV Ch. 6
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- Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and First Gent Brad Livingstone will be among the university, state and community dignitaries in the Baylor Homecoming Parade. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)
- The grand marshals of the 2019 Baylor Homecoming Parade are Baylor Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kim Mulkey and the 2019 National Champion Lady Bears. (Robert Rogers/Baylor University)
Livestreaming also available for nation’s oldest and largest collegiate homecoming parade
WACO, Texas (Oct. 9, 2019) – Baylor University and KCEN-TV Ch. 6 will team up again to broadcast the 110th anniversary Baylor Homecoming Parade, one of the oldest and largest collegiate homecoming parades in the nation, with live coverage from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, from Fifth Street on the Baylor campus.
The parade broadcast is made possible by the generous support of the Sadie Jo Black Family Foundation. Returning to host the parade this year are John Morris and Lori Fogleman.
The Baylor Homecoming Parade will begin at 8 a.m. at Eighth Street and Austin Avenue in downtown Waco. It will travel down Austin and make a right on Fourth Street. Progressing down Fourth, the parade will go under the I-35 overpass, turn right on Dutton Avenue and then left on Fifth Street. The parade is expected to enter the Baylor campus at approximately 8:30 a.m.
This year’s parade will feature more than 150 entries, including 11 elaborately designed floats, 10 balloons, marching bands and musical acts, campus and community organizations, and university, state and community dignitaries, including Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and First Gent Brad Livingstone.
This year’s grand marshals of the Baylor Homecoming Parade are Baylor Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kim Mulkey and the 2019 National Champion Lady Bears.
Debuting among the balloons at this year’s parade is the Baylor United balloon featuring the interlocking BU logo, carried by Baylor students with the LEAD Living-Learning Center. In April, Baylor unveiled a new brand identity strategy that unites all of the institution’s colleges, schools, divisions and athletics under a single logo: the traditional, iconic “interlocking BU” logo, a mark with roots dating back more than 100 years, long before its use by the athletics program in the 1950s. Additionally, the entire campus and all athletics teams now use a consistent green and gold – Baylor Green and University Gold – to enhance Baylor’s brand recognition.
Following the parade, the No. 22 Baylor Bears will host Texas Tech with kickoff at 3 p.m. in McLane Stadium. Tickets are available at BaylorBears.com.
History of the Baylor Homecoming Parade
In the fall of 1909, Baylor University alumni received a surprising invitation from their alma mater. A postcard signed by three professors asked the graduates to return to campus to “renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again.”
Thus began Baylor University’s Homecoming, the nation’s first collegiate Homecoming celebration.
Since 1909, the Baylor Homecoming Parade has been a first-class extravaganza of color that featured bands, horse-drawn carriages and wagons, student and civic organizations and a stream of dignitaries.
On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24, 1909, the Baylor Band, as is still the custom today, headed the first Baylor Homecoming Parade and was led by its towering drum major, who, it was reported, was “six feet six in his stocking feet and without his bearskin cap.”
As the band moved westward up Washington Avenue and then down to Eighth and Austin, it was followed in the parade – 30 to 40 blocks long – by distinguished guests, speakers, alumni and former students, Baylor clubs, university trustees, Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks and faculty, the dean and faculty of the medical school, the R.C.B.’s and Calliopeans women’s clubs, Alessandro’s Band, the Erisophians and Philomathesians men’s clubs, the Baylor Medicos, the football squad, the tennis club and the basketball team, in that order.
Autos and carriages, 60 in all, followed, and all were decorated – one completely covered with yellow chrysanthemums.
The female literary societies filled “tallyhos” decorated with the colors of their organizations. The men’s societies walked in four lines that greatly lengthened as the parade progressed when alumni of the groups joined in the march.
The parade must have moved rather quickly because the football game started just 30 minutes later on Carroll Field, with Baylor prevailing over TCU 6-3.
Despite the initial success of the first Baylor Homecoming Parade, the event – indeed, Homecoming itself – did not become an annual tradition until after World War II.
The second Baylor Homecoming Parade took place in 1915, six years after the first, and the third was not until 1924. Afterward, Homecoming was held intermittently until World War II and, after the war, resumed on an annual basis from 1945 to the present.
Floats first appeared in the parade in 1915. Floats became standard for the parade during the 1920s and usually carried general themes, often patriotic in nature.
It wasn’t until the 1950s that the floats began to take note of Baylor’s opponent for the Homecoming football game. By 1960, practically every float carried a slogan that forecast doom for the mascot of the opposing team.
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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.