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Homecoming parade

Illinois State Homecoming Parade


  • Date and Location

    Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 10 a.m.

    Steps off at the corner of College Avenue and University Street

    Parade Map
  • Register for Homecoming Parade

      • Submit parade entries online by October.
      • Submit band entries online. Band entries due October 3.
      • Review parade resource guide prior to October 14.
        • All floats must schedule an inspection with Environmental Health and Safety the week of or prior to Saturday, October 14. Call (309) 438-8325.

    Questions? Email

Can't make it to the 2023 Homecoming Parade? Watch it live October 14 on the Illinois State University Facebook page.

Homecoming Spirit Contest

Registered student organizations, get ready to show off that Redbird spirit! Our contest encourages RSO walking and mobile units to submit a spirited video (that incorporates the Homecoming theme, Redbirds Reign) with their parade entry on October 14. This can be a choreographed cheer, singing the ISU Fight Song, performing a song connected to the RSO, etc. A link will be sent closer to the parade to submit the video. Judging will take place Homecoming weekend with winners announced Monday, October 16, and monetary prizes awarded to first, second and third place.

Submit parade entries online by October 2 and select "Yes" for RSOs wanting to participate.

2022 Parade Award Winners

  • RSO/Campus Award Winners

    1st Place: Spanish Club
    2nd Place: Student Alumni Council
    3rd Place: Student Section of the American Society of Safety Professionals

  • Community Award Winners

    1st Place: Next Step Dance Studio
    2nd Place: McLean County Republicans