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Online registration for the 2016 MSU Homecoming Parade will be available beginning on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Applications will be received online only and will be accepted based on the parade staging capacity. For more information on parade registration, please contact Regina Cross by email, or by phone at 517-353-3069.
Parade Registration

Staging for the parade begins at 4:30 p.m. on Abbot Road in East Lansing. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) will be eligible to receive parade awards based on the theme in the following categories:

  • Best Float
  • Best Banner
  • Best Group
  • Best Spartan spirit
  • Best Residence Hall
  • Best Community Group
  • Best Campus Group

Parade awardees will be notified after the parade and will have the opportunity to have two representatives from the organization receive the award during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday. Two tickets to the football game will be provided for two members of each winning organization.

A limited number of flatbeds will be available for RSOs to build floats on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a flatbed, please indicate so when submitting your parade entry form.

For groups reserving flatbeds, the concourse will also be available for building of floats beginning Monday, October 10 and will continue each night until Thursday, October 13. A carpenter with a tool crib will be available to assist you in making your float. The day of the parade your float must be removed from the concourse area no later than 3:30 p.m.

A limited number of flatbeds will be available for RSOs to build floats on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to reserve a flatbed, please indicate so when submitting your parade entry form.

For RSOs reserving flatbeds, the southeast concourse area of Spartan Stadium will be available for building floats beginning Monday, October 10 and will continue each night until Thursday, October 13 A carpenter with a tool crib will be available to assist you in making your float. The day of the parade your float must be removed from the concourse area no later than 3:30 p.m. A limited amount of additional space in the concourse area will be available on a first come, first served basis to other groups wishing to build floats on flatbeds they provide themselves.

Parade Route: The parade begins at the Hannah Community Center and travels south on Abbot Road to Grand River and into campus at the Collingwood entrance, concluding at the corner of Farm and Shaw Lanes.

At the conclusion of the parade, there will be a float break down area available until 8:45 p.m. at the MSU Recycling Center located on Farm Lane. To get to the breakdown area, continue straight on Farm Lane past Service Road and the Recycling Center will be on the right. Dumpsters and tools will be available for you to disassemble and discard your float materials. If you acquired a flatbed from the MSU Alumni Association, you will be able to leave the flatbed in the parking lot where you disassemble the float. MSU Alumni Association flatbeds that are not returned will result in the RSO being assessed a replacement fee of $1,500.

Click here to see photos from the 2015 Homecoming Parade.

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