Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade
Coordinated by ASUN and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Overview

Recognized Student Organizations, Residence Halls, and community organizations can apply to participate in the parade.

Registration is due Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

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2023 Rules

General Rules

  1. Mandatory attendance is required for all UNL Student Groups at the Homecoming meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:00 p.m. At the meeting the fire marshal may inspect and approve drawings of floats and golf carts. Please send a representative from your organization with a drawing of your planned entry.
  2. Entry forms and plans are due by October 10, 2023 11:59 PM.
  3. No entry fee, but a $50 commitment/cleanup deposit is required for student groups. Recognized Student Organizations should provide their SOFS account number on the application as a deposit. Accounts only will be charged if needed. Failure to participate in the parade after submission of an entry, failure to dispose of used materials after the parade, any charges incurred from towing, or any other charges will result in your organization’s SOFS account being charged the $50 commitment/cleanup deposit check and using it to cover those losses. Any incurred costs exceeding $50 pertaining to your entry/fire extinguisher is the sole responsibility of your organization and not the Parade Steering Committee, the UNL Homecoming parade, or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  4. Groups will be responsible for setup, participation during the parade, and teardown/cleanup immediately after the parade.
  5. Reference to violence, alcohol, drugs or use of derogatory language will NOT be permitted. If references occur the entry will be disqualified and removed from the parade at the discretion of parade officials. This also will constitute the breaking of the cleanup/commitment and said organization will therefore lose the $50 cleanup deposit.
  6. The Parade Steering Committee will inspect the floats/golf carts to ensure that floats/golf carts are safe and appropriate. Safety concerns including structural integrity and staying within the building parameters. No float can be taller than 14 feet from the ground up and no wider than 8 feet.
  7. The Parade Steering Committee, Homecoming Committee, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln are not responsible for any injuries/damages suffered before/during/after the parade.
  8. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has entered into a contract with Pepsi. Reference to other soda or energy drink vendors is strictly prohibited. Any displays with any other soda or energy drink vendors will be disqualified and will be immediately removed from the Homecoming Parade.

Float Rules

  1. All float entries and their subsequent final plans must be submitted at the mandatory Homecoming meeting for approval. The fire marshal for the city of Lincoln will be at the mandatory meeting.
  2. Work and design must be done by participating team members only. Assistance from persons not currently members of the group will result in disqualification from the competition. The parade will take place around dusk/night, so special consideration should be taken to illuminate the entry.
    • No halogen lights or generators will be allowed because of the combustive nature of the floats.
    • Christmas/rope lighting is allowed as well as lights that do not radiate heat.
    • No open flames allowed.
    • A fire extinguisher must be present on all float entries and will be supplied by the Parade Steering Committee before the start of the parade.
  3. The name of the organization(s) must be clearly displayed.
  4. No trailers or carts of any kind can be pulled by the golf cart.
  5. A maximum of two individuals may ride in the automobile pulling the trailer. Driver must provide a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance at parade check-in by Friday October 27, 2023.
  6. Speed limit is 10 MPH in the parade and 5 MPH in staging and de-staging areas.
  7. Individuals on the float/golf cart must stay on the float and individuals walking on the street must stay on the street from the period the float exits the staging area until it enters the de-staging area.
  8. NO candy, leaflets, food, pencils, or other items may be THROWN from the entries at any time. HOWEVER, candy, leaflets or other items may be HANDED out, under the following circumstances: A minimum of two persons must be on each side of the entry, at the outermost edges of the street at ALL TIMES, to pass out items to spectators. Entries violating this policy will be removed from the parade and entry will not be refunded. This will be enforced by parade security and the University Police.
  9. No members participating in the parade can be under the influence of mind-altering substances (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
  10. Damage sustained to the float (created decorative entry), during the course of the parade is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the Homecoming Parade Committee, the University of Nebraska or Board of Regents. Damage or injury incurred from the reckless or dangerous behavior by participants is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the Homecoming Parade Committee or the University of Nebraska.

Golf Cart Entries

  1. All golf cart entries and their subsequent final plans must be submitted at the mandatory Homecoming meeting for approval.
  2. Work and design must be done by participating team members only. Assistance from persons not currently members of the group will result in disqualification from the competition. The parade will take place around dusk/night, so special consideration should be taken to illuminate the entry.
    • No halogen lights or gas powered generators will be allowed because of the combustive nature of the floats.
    • Christmas/rope lighting is allowed as well as lights that do not radiate heat.
    • No open flames or fireworks allowed.
    • A fire extinguisher must be present on all float entries and will be supplied by the Parade Steering Committee before the start of the parade.
  3. The name of the organization(s) must be clearly displayed.
  4. A maximum of four individuals may ride in the golf cart.
  5. Any driver must provide a valid driver’s license on the day of the event.
  6. Speed limit is 10 MPH in the parade and 5 MPH in staging and de-staging areas.
  7. Individuals on the golf cart must stay on the golf cart and individuals walking on the street must stay on the street from the period the golf cart exits the staging area until it enters the de-staging area.
  8. NO candy, leaflets, food, pencils, or other items may be THROWN from the entries at any time. HOWEVER, candy, leaflets or other items may be HANDED out, under the following circumstances: A minimum of two persons must be on each side of the entry, at the outermost edges of the street at ALL TIMES, to pass out items to spectators. Entries violating this policy will be removed from the parade and entry will not be refunded. This will be enforced by parade security and the University Police.
  9. No members participating in the parade can be under the influence of mind-altering substances (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
  10. Damage sustained to the golf cart (created decorative entry), during the course of the parade is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the Homecoming Parade Committee, the University of Nebraska or Board of Regents. Damage or injury incurred from the reckless or dangerous behavior by participants is the responsibility of the organization signing this application not the Homecoming Parade Committee or the University of Nebraska.
  11. Decorations must be temporary and removable.
  12. Decorations must NOT damage or deface the golf carts.
  13. Items including, but not limited to, paint, glue, screws, nails, or wood may not be used to attach items to golf carts.
  14. Decorations must NOT interfere with the proper mechanical functions of the golf cart. For example, decorations that would excessively weigh down the golf cart or impair tire or steering wheel movements are prohibited.

Frequently Asked Questions for Participants

When is the parade?

The homecoming parade will take place on Friday, October, 27, 2023 at 6 p.m. Check-in will begin at 5 and 5:30 p.m., depending on which group you are in.

How do I know what group I am in?

You’ll receive an email from the Homecoming Staging Directors letting you know where you will be in the parade lineup. If you have any other questions regarding your group, please email asun1@unl.edu.

Where do I go?

Check-in for Group A will be on the corner of 12th and R St., beginning at 5 p.m. Check-in for Group B will be at the same location at 5:30 p.m. The parade route will east on R Street, turn north at 16th Street, head west at Vine Street and turn to follow the stadium loop. Destaging will take place on 14th Street north of Hawks Hall.

We went all out, and we have a lot of stuff. Where can we put it?

Bring all of your necessary materials—golf cart, float, flatbed, vehicle, insurance, candy, etc.—with you to your check in area. Everything you bring must be stored on or in your float or golf cart, so plan accordingly.

If you are bringing a vehicle, please be sure to bring valid driver licences insurance information to the parade check-in.

NOTE: When distributing candy, you must hand it out to spectators. Throwing candy is NOT permitted.

Do we have to bring anything besides what goes on our golf cart or float?

No. Your golf cart/float/flatbed and all materials needed to finish your golf cart or float are acceptable, but we want to avoid clutter/litter/safety hazards/lost things at all costs.

If you are driving a vehicle for candidates or your float, bring your insurance and driver’s license to display for check-in. We will provide all floats with fire extinguishers and numbers designating their place in the line-up order. The rest is up to you.

What if we’re going to be late?

If you have members of your organization/float who have conflicts that result in your whole group being tardy, you MUST TELL THE STAGING DIRECTOR PRIOR TO FRIDAY. If you have individual members of your group that will show up later than check-in, it is your responsibility to make sure they arrive before release. The only things that are mandatory upon check-in are your float and a representative to check your organization. The rest is your responsibility.

Who can I email/look for with any questions?

If you have questions prior to or on parade day, please email the staging director at asun1@unl.edu.