UP photo by Gabbie Smith

UP photo by Gabbie Smith

Marching bands, floats, and antique cars filled the streets around the Lamar University campus, Saturday, for the 2017 Homecoming Parade led by Grand Marshall Richard Price.

UP photo by Matt Beadle

UP photo by Matt Beadle

“Homecoming is a week full of events for our students, as well as community, alumni, faculty and staff,” Brandie L. Van Zanden, coordinator of new student and leadership programs, said. “We saw an increase of student involvement, as well as spirit, all week at our many events.”

Football players, band, cheerleaders, dance team, mascots Big Red, and several hundred students from various organizations and departments made their way along the parade route around campus in a celebration of LU pride and tradition. Area high school bands joined the Lamar University Marching Band in both the parade and a massed band performance during halftime of the football game.

King&Queen-1Recognitions for parade entries were awarded to the students of Pi Kappa Alpha and Alphi Chi Omega, who won “Most Creative.” The End Zone Angels won “Most Spirited Group,” and the departments of deaf studies/deaf education and theater and dance won “Best Use of Theme.”

Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Alpha Order won the “Cardinal Spirit” award, the student engineering council won the “President’s Award,” and Sigma Phi Epsilon were named “Grand Champion.”

The organizations will have a plaque displayed in the renovated Student Setzer Center.

The Neches River Festival float won first place in the non-student groups category, followed by Cub Scout Pack 779 from St. Anthony’s in second place, and Lone Star Pipe Band in third.

The Cardinals Activities Board announced the Homecoming Court for Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors, Friday, at the Homecoming Bonfire.

During Saturday’s football game halftime show, Wayne Anderson and Haley Jones were crowned 2017 Homecoming King and Queen.

“Campus seemed to be more alive and had more spirit than we have seen in the past,” Van Zanden said. “Overall, homecoming was a great week. We have a survey on Orgsync right now for students to share their opinion about homecoming and give feedback as we start planning for next year.”

Story by Sierra Kondos, UP staff writer

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