The Homecoming Parade
Homecoming parades are some of the most well-recognized traditions of Homecoming. At USU, the Homecoming Parade has always been held in downtown Logan and has traditionally been attended by community members, students, and faculty. Today it is a popular event which brings together the university, local businesses, and community organizations.
In 1953, the Student Union made this parade float for the Homecoming parade.
This was the Forestry Club's Homecoming parade float in 1953.
The theme of this 1953 float was "Halloween Hallucinations."
This "Wash 'em Out" float was featured in the 1950 parade.
In honor of their upcoming game against the Wyoming Cowboys, this float was decorated with a "Fallen Cowboy" theme in 1950.
The riders on this float from 1950 dressed as Roman centurions.
This float's theme was "World Freedom Through Education."
The classic symbolism of the eagle represented victory for this Homecoming float.
This float's theme was "Up the Creek."
"The Year's Biggest Upset" float alluded to the Homecoming game as well as the deer "driving" the float itself.
Float themes were picked out months in advance of Homecoming and the planning and execution could take several weeks. For especially large celebrations, similar methods are still used today although many floats are now commercially produced.
The pirates on this float rode in the 1948 Homecoming parade.
Playing off the agricultural nature of USAC, this float celebrated what was sure to be an "Udder Victory."
Homecoming 1956 was held in late October, spurring the creation of this "Bewitch 'Em Aggies" float.
This was a float from the 1956 parade.
Not all entries to the parade were floats: some of them, like this one by the Student Life staff, travelled on cars or on foot.
In this photo, students construct a Homecoming float.
This float's theme was "Echoes of the Past."
Another float with a Polynesian cultural theme.
Spectators of the 1948 Homecoming Parade.
This parade float from 1948 had a Hawaiian theme.
Pirates were the main characteres on this float from 1948.
In the 1960s and 70s, photographic technology had developed to the point where it was mobile and easily accessible for all kinds of events. As a result, homecoming parades were heavily photographed during this time. For those who are interested in exploring this era of Homecoming, feel free to click through these galleries of parade photos. [click to enlarge, click again to browse all pages]