Students in the parade

Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Parade is one of the biggest highlights of Homecoming Week and is a great opportunity to show your organization, department or residence hall's involvement within the WSU and Winona communities. We ask that you incorporate the Shine Bright Like a Warrior theme into your parade entry to demonstrate creativity and energy. Remember: Your float is a direct representation of your image and what you are portraying about your group. Have fun with it, but be smart!

Online entry forms due by Friday, Sept. 18

Regulations for Parade Entries

  • All entries must have their group name clearly visible.
  • There is no throwing of candy or items from the parade exhibit at the crowd, but people may hand things out.
  • There is a zero tolerance for alcohol on any of the parade entries. Any representation of alcohol, written or insinuated, is prohibited. Failure to comply may result in removal from the parade.

Prizes & Judging

Judging will be based primarily on originality, creativity and connection with the Shine Bright Like a Warrior theme. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Scoring Criteria:

Adherence to the theme: 10 points possible

Creativity: 10 points possible

Quality Workmanship of Entry: 10 points possible

Zero Tolerance Policy

In accordance with municipal laws, there is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol during the parade. There will be no alcoholic beverages allowed on any of the parade entries. Any representation of alcohol, written or insinuated, is prohibited. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be subject to removal from the parade and legal action taken by the police. The Winona Police Department will be patrolling the parade route.

Parade Entry Information

If you are a WSU campus club/organization or department, please fill out the online parade entry form by Friday, September 18. If you are a local community entity and want to request entry into the parade, please contact Joe Reed at or 507.457.5312. WSU reserves the right to deny Homecoming Parade entry requests. The parade line-up will be emailed to all entrants and posted on this website the week of Homecoming.


For general questions, contact Homecoming Parade Chair Kirsten Bolstad at