Plans are underway to continue a tradition resurrected more than
five years ago after a 27-year absence from The University of Southern
Mississippi homecomings when the annual homecoming parade precedes
the Southern Miss-Louisiana-Lafayette football game.
students, representing a variety of organizations, as well as other
organizations, including businesses and local governments that support
the university, are regular participants in the parade. Southern
Miss officials hope even more will join the fun with entries this
the joys of homecoming has been the homecoming parade, and it has
been so endorsed by the alumni and the city (of Hattiesburg),"
said Dr. Eddie Holloway, Southern Miss dean of students. Holloway
was instrumental in reviving the parade tradition soon after becoming
dean of students.
not just about the students, but the alumni and the community,"
said Ashley Holifield of Mobile, who is serving as director of the
Student Government Association's Homecoming Parade Committee. "It's
our (students') way of getting the community involved."
student organizations interested in participating in the parade
or building floats for display on campus should come to an organizational
meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, outside the SGA offices in the
R.C. Cook University Union.
urging area businesses and governments and any other organizations
that support the university to contact the university if they are
interested in being a part of the parade. Entrants in the parade
are currently scheduled to meet at the University Mall parking lot
on Hardy Street line up at 9 a.m., with the parade scheduled to
begin at 10 a.m. and to conclude at about 10:45 a.m. The parade
will travel east down Hardy Street from the University Mall to the
front of the Southern Miss campus.
he has fond memories of parades from his youth, including watching
homecoming parades in person and seeing the traditional parades
on television, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving and Rose Bowl parades.
He said the Southern Miss homecoming parade keeps that tradition
alive for both young and old alike, and it fosters school spirit
and draws the Hattiesburg and Southern Miss communities closer together.
of the day is increasing student, alumni and community spirit, and
strengthening the town-gown relationship (between the city and university),"
information on the homecoming parade and float construction should
call the SGA office at (601) 266-4407. Community organizations interested
in taking part in the parade should call the Dean of Student Office
at (601) 266-6028.