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MSU Homecoming Parade Rules

Rules for Floats, Displays, Banners, or Entertainment Entries

  1. Parade entries must be submitted by completing the online registration form (available in early September).
  2. Parade entries should be related to the current MSU Homecoming Parade theme.
  3. Registrations will be accepted based on the capacity of the parade staging area. There is no fee to participate for registered student organizations (RSOs), athletic teams, MSU campus departments, and non-profit community groups.
  4. Staging numbers will not be given until the day of the parade.
  5. Floats may be pulled by horse, bike, or motor vehicle.
  6. Float Dimensions: no larger than 20 feet wide by 40 feet long (20'x40'). Clearance under the Farm Lane bridge is 13'6".
  7. Banner Dimensions: no larger than 20 feet long by 13 feet high (20'x13').
  8. Signs must be placed on both sides of each unit to denote the name of the group and their assigned staging number.
  9. Parade units must post their staging number on both sides of their vehicle or float.
  10. All parade units should maintain an equal distance during the parade route. Proper spacing of all units is important for the consistency of the parade. Groups may be asked by parade marshals to adjust their distance and pacing during the parade.
  11. Parade units must select ONE person to be their parade team leader. This person will be the contact person for the parade unit during the parade. Their primary job is to make sure that their unit does not travel too quickly or too slowly during the parade. They also must make sure that nothing is thrown into the crowd by your group.
  12. Parade entries are not allowed to stop at the judging stand.
  13. If a group has equine or other animals as part of the unit, the group must provide its own accompanying clean-up personnel with shovels/rakes. Failure to comply will result in the group being ineligible to participate in future years.
  14. To ensure safety, items (candy, toys, etc.) must not be thrown from floats/vehicles to parade spectators. Parade entries violating this rule will be asked to leave the parade. Items MAY be passed out curbside by walkers accompanying the parade entry. Items other than candy must be approved by the MSU Alumni Association prior to the parade.
  15. No changes will be made to the staging order. If switching occurs the day of the parade, the group will not be allowed to participate in future years.
  16. If groups fail to show the day of the parade, they will not be allowed to participate the following year.
  17. For questions regarding parade entries, please contact Regina Cross via email or by calling (517) 353-3069.
  18. Businesses or corporate sponsors may participate in the Homecoming Parade, for a fee. Contact Peter Delong via email or by calling (517) 432-4574 for more information. Business or corporate sponsorship may not include alcohol/tobacco products.

Limitations on Homecoming Parade Participation

  1. The Homecoming Parade Committee reserves the right to remove any group or individual(s) from the parade at any time, for any reason.
  2. If items are thrown from vehicles/floats, the group will be asked to leave the parade route.
  3. Parade organizers have the right to pull from the parade any stalled vehicles or groups that cannot keep pace with the parade.
  4. Parade organizers have the right to have groups or individuals removed from the Homecoming Parade for exhibiting bad taste or drunken behavior, and for using profanity or objectionable language.
  5. Questions about the Homecoming Parade should be directed to Regina Cross, MSU Alumni Association, via email or by calling (517) 353-3069.

Rules for Elected Officials

No distribution of campaign literature is allowed.

NOTE: Incumbents of the following political positions listed below may participate in the parade in non-election years. Only during an election year may those seeking office participate in the parade and only one candidate from each party of the following positions be allowed to register.  

ONLY the positions listed below will be eligible to participate in the Homecoming Parade.

  • President of the United States
  • Governor of the State of Michigan
  • U.S. Senator for State of Michigan
  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (East Lansing)
  • MI State Senator (East Lansing)
  • MI State House Representative (East Lansing)
  • City of East Lansing Mayor
  • City of East Lansing City Council Member
  • City of Lansing Mayor
  • City of Lansing Council Member (Campus Jurisdiction)
  • Township Elected Leader (Campus Jurisdiction)
  • County Commissioners (Campus Jurisdiction)


  1. As an elected official/candidate, you must be the person participating in the MSU Homecoming Parade. You may not send a representative in your place.
  2. The elected official/candidate can ride in a car or walk with a sign or banner.
  3. You must provide your own car and driver and signage for your car. Only one car or vehicle is allowed per elected official/candidate.
  4. Sign or banner dimensions: no larger than 20 feet long by 13 feet high (20'x13').
  5. Please report to the Hannah Community Center by 5:30 p.m. Enter the Hannah Community Center parking lot via the Fern Street entrance off Abbot Road. Someone will greet you as you enter and assign you your spot in the staging area. Please park in that spot as soon as you arrive.
  6. The parade will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., so it is important that everyone is in their car and ready to go by 6:00 p.m.
  7. Once you have been assigned a spot in the parade, it cannot be changed. There can be no exceptions to this rule.

Homecoming Parade Volunteers

If you’re interested in volunteering with the MSU Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 5, please fill out the online registration form (available in September).