By Denton Josey, Student Reporter
The local Army Reserve will converge on campus Saturday, and so will firemen from the Abilene Fire Station No. 5.
And so will the Girl Scouts.
In fact, many people from Abilene and all over the country will be present for the Homecoming Parade.
The sampling of participants in this year’s Homecoming Parade displays the diversity in what Samantha Adkins, coordinator of Alumni Programs, said she thinks should be a good year for parade involvement.
“We have more floats this year than we can ever remember having. It should be a record-breaking year,” Adkins said.
“We have asked all the floats to represent their heritage with ACU. Many of the social clubs are displaying memories from over the years of their organization,” Adkins said. “I expect some really amazing floats this year.”
The Coming Home Court will also join the parade with social clubs, class floats, the International Students Association and the Aggie Club.
Several on-campus clubs are not competing this year, such as the Outdoor Club, Shades, Essence of Ebony and Big Purple Band. However, Sigma Theta Chi president Evan Lindsay said her club and their pledges, enjoy being a part of the parade because it shows unity among the group.
“It’s an encouragement to alumni to see Siggies carry on tradition,” said Lindsay, senior secondary education major from Houston.
Grand marshals Bob and Shirley Hunter will be among several couples riding in convertibles in the parade. Dr. Royce and Pam Money, the president of the university and his wife, will also ride in the parade, along with the presidents of Wildcat Parents, Mark and Jana Hanner; the president of the Alumni Association, Phil Ware; the president for Women of ACU, Laura Copeland; and the Parent of the Year winners John and Jean Isom.
The parade route will begin at the ACU Drive parking lot between Williams Performing Art Center and Mabee Business Building. After turning right down East North 16th Street and then turning right on Campus Court, the parade will end on Coliseum Way.