It’s Homecoming Week, and that means the parade is coming back to Gainesville.
On Friday at 9:30 a.m, the Homecoming Festival will kick off the weekend’s activities. Other festivities include the parade, which will begin at noon, and the Gator Growl event, which will include performances by Flo Rida and Olivia O’Brien at 7 p.m.
More details for the Gator Growl event can be found here.
The Homecoming parade, a Gainesville tradition that has become a staple of Homecoming week, will be following a new route this year. The route will begin at Norman Hall on 13th Street and Museum Road, and will travel north all the way to University Avenue and Bo Diddley Plaza.
Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend the parade and are able to watch the parade from any street that overlooks the route. Participants will include local bands and floats that are expected to creatively and colorfully represent Gator Nation.
The theme for the parade this year is, “This is the Moment,” which will highlight the current trends that define the Gainesville and UF communities.
If you are not able to attend the event for any reason, follow along with WUFT’s live stream here.