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Parade entry deadline extended to Sept. 30

Updated September 28, 2009

The Homecoming & Family Weekend Steering Committee will waive the late fee for any group who applies by Wednesday, Sept. 30. Signing up is easy - just fill out the Parade Entry Form on and send it in today!

90-minute parade through the Oval

The 90-minute parade, featuring CAM the Ram and the CSU Marching Band, will travel south on Howes, through the Oval, across the Plaza and will conclude on campus at Meridian Avenue and University Avenue, at the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center.

The parade start time has been moved up 30 minutes from last year to ensure the parade concludes before dusk.

Grand Marshal is President Frank

Colorado State University President Tony Frank will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal for the 2009 CSU Homecoming Parade.

Not as hard as you may think

Building a float for the CSU Homecoming Parade isn't as hard as you might think. The hardest part may be coming up with a unique idea that fits with this year’s theme – “Celebrating the Past, Building the Future.”

Remember to be creative because you might walk or "float" away with a Traveling Trophy. But the best part is the satisfaction of seeing your creation float down the street. Parade entries that can be powered by energy efficient means (horses, bicycles, economy cars, roller skates, etc.) are encouraged, but not required.

Handy Float Builder's Manual

Need to know more about how to build an award-winning float? Check out our Float Builder's Manual. Examples of helpful sections include:

Theme criteria

It is important that all entries pay close attention to the theme criteria, "Celebrating the Past, Building the Future." Entries that are not consistent with promotion of the theme will be denied approval to participate in the parade.

All parade entries must be pre-approved by the Parade Review Committee.

Entry types

  • Float
  • Novelty
  • Horse unit
  • Band
  • Marching unit

Registration deadline Wednesday

Parade participation will be limited to 100 entries this year, and the registration deadline is Sept. 30.

Entry fees

  • $75 - CSU/Education entries (K-12, higher ed)
  • $200 - Business/Non-profit/Community group/Other

Late fee:  $150 (after Wednesday, Sept. 30)

Minimum requirements for participation

  • Maximum allowed length of total entry - 40 feet (including tow vehicle)
  • Maximum allowed width of total entry - 10 feet
  • Maximum allowed height of total entry - 13 feet (from street to top of entry)
  • Maximum number of people per total entry - 50 (exceptions granted for marching bands)
  • No tractor trailers allowed. 
  • Entry MUST conform to the parade theme and include a celebration of CSU spirit. You are allowed to interpret the theme in your design, but all interpretations are subject to the approval of the Parade Review Committee. 
  • All entries must travel the entire length of the parade, which will begin at Oak Street and Howes Street and will terminate at Meridian and University Avenue.
  • Towed entries must have a rigid hitch and safety chains.
  • All units must have a UL approved fire extinguisher with current inspection tag or sticker.
  • All parade vehicles (except those entered by licensed dealers) must be street licensed.
  • No wheelies or stunting will be permitted.
  • Parade entries that can be powered by energy efficient means (horses, bicycles, economy cars, roller skates, etc.) are encouraged, but not required
  • Additional guidelines and requirements will be provided to approved entries, to which all participants must strictly adhere. Any group or individual in violation of the guidelines is subject to removal from the parade.

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2009

Thanks to our generous Sponsors

Contact: CSU Events
Phone: (970) 491-4601