Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10am is one of the biggest highlights of Homecoming Week.

This is a great opportunity to show your organization, department or residence hall's involvement within the WSU and Winona communities.

The Homecoming Parade goes down Huff Street between Broadway and Mark Street.

We ask that you incorporate the theme Home Sweet Home 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.
  • All parade entries must follow current COVID-19 requirement in place on Oct. 9

Prizes & Judging

Judging will be based primarily on originality, creativity, WSU pride, school spirit and connection with the Home Sweet Home theme.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (university entries only) who incorporate the theme into their parade entry.


  • 1st Place: $150
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $75

Scoring Criteria

  • WSU Pride/school spirit 
  • Adherence to the theme
  • Creativity
  • Quality Workmanship of Entry
  • Crowd Engagement

Important Parade Policies

No Beverages/Beverage Containers: 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.

No Pets: No pets or other animals will be allowed in the parade unless they have been invited by the Homecoming Planning Committee or are a trained service animal.

This means no dogs (even on a leash) due to the potential risk of someone being bitten or an animal getting out of control in the crowd.

How to Enter the Parade

If you are a WSU campus club/organization or department, please fill out the online parade entry form by Friday, Oct. 1.

If you are a local community entity and want to request entry into the parade, please contact Tracy Rahim at trahim@winona.edu or 507.457.5308.

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 Victoria Kjome at victoria.kjome@go.winona.edu.