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 theme, A Hero's Homecoming, 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!


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 A Hero's Homecoming 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


No Beverages or Beverage Containers Allowed

New Policy: No parade participant will be allowed to have any beverages or beverage containers (bottles, cups, cans, etc.) in the parade line-up area or in the parade itself. If you are found to have anything, it will be confiscated and thrown away. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be subject to removal from the parade.

In accordance with municipal laws, there is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. 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, October 7. If you are a local community entity and want to request entry into the parade, please contact Joe Reed at jreed@winona.edu 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.


Questions?

For general questions, contact Homecoming Parade Chair Lexie Mertens at amertens13@winona.edu.