Students in the parade

Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10am 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. The Homecoming Parade goes down Huff Street between Broadway and Mark Street. We ask that you incorporate the theme All Roads Lead 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!

Note: Parade participants should read the Parade Line-Up and Participant Letter (PDF).

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, WSU pride, school spirit and connection with the All Roads Lead Home theme. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Scoring Criteria:

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


  • First place: $150 gift card to Off Center Designs for promo items or apparel for your group
  • Second place: $75 pizza party for your group
  • Third place: $50 ice cream social for your group

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. 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.

Parade Entry Information

If you are a WSU campus club/organization or department, please fill out the online parade entry form by Friday, Oct. 13. 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 Sarah Harris at