Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ to Serve as Parade Marshal for 2007 Homecoming Parade

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Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles and his mother, Rosetta (Boyce) Kyles, will both serve as parade marshals for this year’s Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 11, 2007 – Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles and his mother, Rosetta (Boyce) Kyles, will both serve as parade marshals for this year’s Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming parade scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 20 on Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles ’87, who majored in mass communication, is better known as actor and comedian, Cedric “The Entertainer.” Kyles has had major roles in such hit films as “Be Cool” with John Travolta, “Barbershop” with Ice Cube, “Madagascar” (animated feature) and “Intolerable Cruelty” with George Clooney. He was most recently in the movie “Talk To Me” with Don Cheadle. Upcoming projects include “The Better Man” with Martin Lawrence, “Night Watch” opposite Keanu Reeves, “Johnson Family Vacation 2,” “Madagascar 2” and “Flash” co-starring Nelly. Kyles was star and producer of the box office hit, “Johnson Family Vacation,” in 2004. A few of his accolades include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his Fox Television series, “Cedric The Entertainer Presents…” and four NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy” on “The Steve Harvey Show.” In 2002, Kyles released his first comedy book, which sold out across the country. He founded Cedric “The Entertainer” Charitable Foundation, Inc., in 1996, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis. Kyles was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity while at Southeast.

Rosetta (Boyce) Kyles ’75, who received her master of arts in education degree, is retired after 32 years as an educator. She taught for eight years in her hometown of Caruthersville, Mo., prior to moving to St. Louis where she worked with the Ferguson-Florissant School District. She held the position of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and was a certified reading specialist through the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Kyles is a board member of the Cedric “The Entertainer” Charitable Foundation, Inc., and remains an advocate for the reading education of young children. She is currently working on a project, which entails writing faith-based curriculum for all ages.

In addition to serving as parade marshals, the two are both recipients this year of the Alumni Merit Award.

“Together, these two are the dynamic duo,” Angie Grissom, Homecoming parade coordinator, says. “Both of these individuals display outstanding leadership.”

Grissom expects the parade marshals will attract the young and old and an altogether diverse crowd.

“Some will come to get a glimpse of Cedric “The Entertainer” as a celebrity, while others will come to see their old classmate,” she says. “Rosetta is a beautiful and amazing woman on her own and she will draw a large crowd, as well.”

“Rolling on the River” is the theme of the 2007 Homecoming parade. This theme ties in with River Campus’s grand opening scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. The large floats will represent cities on rivers around the word. These cities were chosen and designated to participants at random. 

Grissom expects this year’s parade to feature 150 entries. The parade will include approximately 15 competitive floats, the University’s Golden Eagles Marching Band, the University’s Air Force R.O.T.C. color guard, a large showing of veterans, and a multitude of other truck/trailer entries.

“There are a lot of interesting entries from the community this year that we have never had before,” Grissom says.

The parade will feature a number of dignitaries, among them members of the Homecoming Court; retiring Man and Woman of the Year, James Wells and Rachel Padgett; this year’s Alumni Merit and Faculty Merit Award winners; and Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University.

 Final judging occurs on Broadway in front of the KFVS-TV Tower. Winning floats will be announced at the end of the Southeast vs. Murray State Homecoming football game at 1 p.m. at Houck Stadium.

For those unable to attend the Homecoming parade, a live Webcast will be provided by  KFVS12 so viewers may watch the event virtually. Viewers are asked to access www.KFVS12.com and then follow the links under the “Webcasts” section. Homecoming parade footage will remain archived on the KFVS12.com Web site after the event and will be available to view for several more weeks.

Live parade commentary, provided by Mississippi River Radio from 324 Broadway, also will be available on KZIM Radio at 960 on the AM dial.