Homecoming Parade FAQ
Where is the Homecoming Parade?
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the corner of Midway and Main Street.
Is there an entry fee?
There is no cost for participating, but entries must be registered by October 6.
When are registration forms due?
Registration forms are due online by Friday, October 6.The registration link is available on the CSI website and the Alumni Homecoming page.
What can we do (i.e. do we have to have a float)?
Entries can be a walking unit, a novelty vehicle or other type of vehicle, marching bands or floats.
What time and where will we go to line up?
Entries will receive a specific timeframe to arrive for line up, beginning at 8 a.m. on October 14. Line up will be on the Kent State campus; specific assignments within the parade will be communicated the week of the parade.
Will we have an assigned spot in the line up? When will we know our assignment? Can we choose our spot?
Each entry will have an assigned spot. These assignments will be emailed to the contact person by October 10. Spots are assigned on a first-come, first serve basis as well as based on the type of entry, so you are not able to choose your spot.
Are vendors allowed in the parade?
Yes, vendors/area businesses are welcome to participate in the parade. They must, however, have some sort of unit- float, walking group, etc.
Can you help with providing supplies, flatbeds, vehicles, floats?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide assistance with supplies or transportation.
Can we pass things out along the route?
Yes, you are allowed to distribute materials, candy, etc. along the route. Units need to keep moving and cannot wait for walkers to catch up.
Where should we park?
If you will be returning to campus, you may park in the Terrace Hall lot or a variety of other campus lots with the exception of any lots on Midway Drive or Theatre Drive.
Will there be transportation back to campus from the end of the parade route?
Transportation will not be available back to campus.
Can we play music on our float?
Yes, within reason, being considerate of the units around you in the parade. Refer to Rebecca Kapler email@example.com for further clarification.
Do you need volunteers to help on the day of the parade?
At this point we do not need volunteers due to the staff requirements to work that day.
Is there a maximum number of participants?
There is a cap of 150 parade entries.
Are there regulations regarding floats- dimensions, music, etc.?
All floats must follow/meet federal, state and local laws related to travel on public roads. Floats must be legal to drive on streets, no longer than approximately 50’ in length, and no wider than one lane.
Are animals allowed in the parade?
The parade staff has made the decision to limit animal participation, with the exception of guide/working dogs, if appropriate.
How long is the parade?
The parade will take approximately 1-1 ½ hours from step off to conclusion. The parade route is approximately 1.5 miles long.