Homecoming is NOT just for college students and alumni. It is actually a great opportunity for community members and the University community to come together, especially when it comes to Mizzou and Columbia. After All, MU takes credit for inventing homecoming and this is the centennial year.
Last year, my kids really enjoyed the parade. While I find it hard to endorse any event where candy is thrown – really, we need extra candy two weeks before Halloween???? – I will say that the parade participants interact with the crowd making this more fun than the average, home-town parade. At two my daughter loved to answer the chant of MIZ with a hardy ZOU. I am looking forward to hearing my son get in on the action this year. The parade’s route runs through campus and downtown so there is plenty of wonderful spots to enjoy the show. This year’s parade starts at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 15. More details can be found by clicking here.
Another Mizzou tradition is the campus decorations and skits put on by the sororities and fraternities. I admit we skipped this last year. My kids were too young and I assumed that skits produced and performed by a bunch of college students might not be appropriate for my toddlers. I have since been told that this activity should not be missed and that my kids will love it. The performances take place between 6 pm and 10 pm and are easy to happen upon if you just wander around “Greek town.” There are vendors offering food and a Spirit Rally scheduled for 7 pm. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and I highly endorse any excuse to eat “street food.”
And, oh, there is also a football game. If you are into that kind of thing. Kick-off against Iowa State is scheduled for 1pm.
I love living in a college town. I love the unexpected opportunities it provides our family. And I plan to take full advantage this weekend.
Homecoming activities all weekend long on MU’s campus.
Family highlights include: Friday night decorations and skits in Greek Town, Saturday morning parade and Saturday afternoon football game.
For more information visited the Mizzou website by clicking here.