Get ready to show your Buff pride because this weekend is full of fun events to celebrate homecoming.
Friday night kicks off homecoming weekend with CU’s marching band, the Golden Buffalo. The band will line up in front of the courthouse and stampede down the Pearl Street Mall.
Marching alongside the band will be the football team, coaches, cheerleaders, sororities, fraternities and others sporting foot-powered floats. The tagline for this year’s event is “celebrating CU through the decades.”
This year the parade is being moved from The Hill to Pearl Street. This change has eliminated the use of material floats. Instead, participants like Aly Daugherty, a junior news-editorial major and Pi Beta Phi member will use herself to tell the story.
“We have to get all decked out because our float can’t tell this story,” Daugherty said. “We have to tell the story.”
CU mascot Chip atop a Jeep in one of CU's past pregame parades. (CU Independent file/Amy Leder)
Saturday is game day. This year the Buffs will take the defending Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks, at Folsom Field at 1:30 p.m.
If the results of the game don’t peak your interest, you can meet Ralphie before the game, have a beer in the beer garden and celebrate the halfway point of the semester.
Sunday night, Program Council is offering a 90s throwback concert featuring pop punk bands Eve 6, Nine Days and PLACES. During the late 90s, Eve 6 swept alternative rock charts with hit songs such as “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night.” Nine Days became famous for hits like “Absolutely (Story of a Girl).” PLACEs is a Denver band with rockin’ soulful sounds all their own. The concert will be held Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom.
Students like Lauren Davis, a 22-year-old senior international affairs major, aren’t so sure.
“I hadn’t heard about it, and I probably wouldn’t go.” Davis said. “The 90s wasn’t really my decade, so I don’t think I’d go to a throwback concert.”
Davis isn’t alone in her opinion. Rachel Bechdolt, a 21-year-old senior international affairs major, said she already made her decision about homecoming.
“I had no idea that anything was going on for homecoming, so I’m not going,” Bechdolt said.
Though some people may think homecoming is geared toward Greek life on campus, Daugherty said homecoming is for everyone in the community.
“A lot of people from the community come out, little kids, some students,” Daugherty said. “I think they [students] should come out, it’s fun and goofy.”
Despite low awareness, this weekend’s homecoming events are a great way for anyone to fill up an empty evening and have some fun celebrating CU through the decades.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Crystal Anderson at Crystal.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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