CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 22, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University’s 2014 Homecoming parade will highlight worldwide celebrations when it makes its way through downtown Cape Girardeau on Saturday morning, Oct. 4.
The annual parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m., also will honor this year’s Homecoming theme of “Paint the Town Red.”
The float themes will be based on a celebration, such as Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl, Carnivale and birthdays, said Joanna Shaver, coordinator for campus programming.
“We tried to pick celebrations from all around the world,” Shaver said.
The Homecoming parade will feature a wide variety of floats, walking groups representing student and community organizations, marching bands, the Southeast cheerleaders, Man and Woman of the Year candidates, Merit Award winners, Distinguished Service Award recipients, Greek Life organizations, radio vans and veteran groups.
The Homecoming parade will begin at Capaha Park and travel east on Broadway to Main Street. It will then run south on Main.
Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast, and his wife, Jeanine Larson Dobbins, founder and director emeritus of the Missouri Statewide Early Literacy Intervention Program based at Southeast, will be this year’s parade marshals. Also serving as parade marshals will be their son, Paul, and his wife, Stacey, and their children Lincoln Kenneth and Brady Larson.
Student organizations creating entries for the parade will be entered into a float-building competition.
According to Shaver, floats entered by student organizations are critiqued on six different categories, including the use of the Homecoming theme, incorporation of Southeast, appeal and color, workmanship, creativity and performance. Only student groups are eligible for the competition.
“Homecoming is a great time for students across campus to share something they have in common with one another, and that is having a love for Southeast and everything it offers,” said Rachel Reischman, senior mass communication major and president of the Homecoming Planning Committee.
According to Jay Wolz, director of Alumni Relations, Homecoming is a fundamental event on the alumni center. Homecoming activities provide alumni with various activities that allow them to reconnect with one another as well as establish new connections with current students on campus.
“Homecoming offers, literally, something for everyone,” said Wolz. “Whether it’s the parade pageantry, football festivities, reunions, recognitions or other activities, Homecoming is a time when we can all celebrate our connections to Southeast and to each other as Southeast students and alumni.”