USM Homecoming Parade heads downtown

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - For Southern Miss's centennial year the annual homecoming parade is returning to it's roots as a downtown Hattiesburg attraction.

On October ninth at ten AM, the parade featuring floats, the Dixie Darlings, Pride of Mississippi marching band and many other organizations will travel down Main and Front streets. Also coinciding with the homecoming festivities is a downtown fall art walk. Jennifer Payne is the University's Centennial Coordinator.

Payne said, "People kind of associate their college days with that celebration and it being down here and so we thought this is a great opportunity to try this out again. It's probably been about 20 years since the parade has been back down here. So we thought our centennial was the perfect opportunity."

For Southern Miss alumni, like President Martha Saunders, fond memories were established at the downtown homecoming parade.

"My childhood memories just are filled with Southern Miss Homecoming Parades. My grandfather used to bring me to the parade and it was about the most glamorous event of my year as a little girl. And I'm just really looking forward to bringing it back," said Saunders.

The USM homecoming parade dates back to 1925. At 6:30 PM on October ninth, the Golden Eagle football team will play the East Carolina Pirates.

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