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Homecoming parade celebrates diversity of UNT organizations

Homecoming parade celebrates diversity of UNT organizations

Homecoming parade celebrates diversity of UNT organizations
October 27
19:01 2018

In a line up of activities, the UNT homecoming parade allows school spirit, pride and creative expression for students.

This year, the focus of the parade was not only to celebrate the homecoming of UNT alumni but to also bring together many different communities.

To me, the parade is something that the Denton, UNT and UNT alumni community all get to share together,” said Emily Beck, homecoming committee member and parade coordinator.

As head of the parade, the process of getting such an event off the ground starts with her and any ideas she has. These proposals then move onto budget and advisor approval. From there, the homecoming committee votes on Beck’s ideas for the parade.

Members of the UNT Colorguard march during the 2018 Homecoming Parade. Rachel Walters

The [homecoming committee] truly are a great representation of the student body and it’s so cool that we get to all help each other out,” Beck said.

The parade has been underway since March. Beck, a hospitality major, has had experience with large events before as president of the University Program Council, for which she coordinated Eagle Insomnia. Beck aspires to eventually coordinate city-wide events.

I thought this would be an amazing way for me to contribute to homecoming while learning new skills,” Beck said. “I also love learning about all the aspects of planning a large-scale event.”

After a homecoming crew retreat, the committee begins working a few hours a week to get the project running, meeting often as a group to keep everyone updated. Beck said they then work with the city to get the necessary permits as well as walking the parade routes themselves.

International students carry flags into the Square in traditional garb during the 2018 UNT Homecoming Parade. Rachel Walters

“With this being an event that is so traditional and people are always so excited to participate, I’ve enjoyed talking with all of the community members about their participation and how excited they all are,” Beck said.

This year, in an effort to encourage parade participants and viewers to attend the homecoming football game later in the day, Beck said the homecoming committee and crew passed out green pom poms.

With floats from fraternity and sororities, school organizations, public schools and even a visit from the Wells Fargo stagecoach, the competition was set.

The Delta Kappa sorority, which was the winner of the Yell Like Hell dance competition, has been preparing for the parade for over a month.

“We honestly got a lot closer while we were forming everything,” Delta Kappa member Kristal Harris said. “It was a good way for us to bond outside our chapter.”

Their decision to take part in the parade was a desire to spread school spirit.

People with giant masks representing the Fine Arts Series march down West Hickory Street for the 2018 UNT Homecoming Parade. Rachel Walters

“We all got close and you never see a whole campus joined together to celebrate our football team,” Harris said.

Hoping to win like last year, Delta Kappa said they knew they had the first place parade float trophy in their future after winning the dance competition — a prediction they were right about.

For others, the parade served as a chance to be seen.

President of the UNT Hispanic Student Association Jonny Moreno said the organization’s float served a larger purpose.

“I think our big goal was just to really show representation that is more than just Hispanic Student Association being in the parade, but more so that the Hispanic population of UNT is involved with homecoming and the parade,” Moreno said.

The Hispanic Studen Association’s float featured UNT students holding different Latin American flags and some dressed in the traditional Mexican folklorico dancing attire.

“We really just want for people to see that there is a Hispanic community at UNT and that we are successful and involved and a part of the Denton community,” Moreno said.

For Beck, the stand-out aspect of the parade is not necessarily only what she’s contributed to her school and the skills she’s gained as a result of her work with the parade.

My most memorable moments have been communicating with the Denton community,” Beck said.

Featured Image: The 2018 Homecoming Court rolls through the Square during the UNT Homecoming Parade. Organizers started planning the parade in May. Rachel Walters

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