The exCYtement if building in Ames! For the first time in decades, the Iowa State University Homecoming celebration will kick off with a community parade on October 23 at 2 p.m. in downtown Ames. The 104th annual Homecoming week– “Leave Your LegaCY” – is Oct. 23-29. After the parade, the remainder of the week will include a wide variety of additional events for students, alumni, and members of the community.
“Our volunteers from the Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) have been working for several years to make this dream of bringing back the Iowa State Homecoming Parade a reality,” SALC adviser Courtney Durham said. “The support they’ve received to create this year’s parade has been fantastic.”
There are more than 70 entries in the parade, which should last about an hour. Grand marshals will be recently-retired longtime ISU vice president Warren Madden and his wife, Beverly, also an ISU retiree.
“The Maddens are such pillars of our community whose careers have been dedicated to creating opportunities for ISU students,” Durham said. “They were an obvious choice to lead off this event, and we’re immensely grateful for their support.”
Durham says organizers hope the entire community will come to the parade which is sponsored by Ames Ford Lincoln and starts at City Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. Information about the parade route and related road closures can be found online by clicking here.
Other Homecoming 2016 events will include:
Oct. 27-29: ISU Reunions Among the reunions that will be held during Homecoming 2016 are Food Science and Human Nutrition, Classes of 1965 and 1966 50-Year Celebration, Greek Alumni, and Alumni Band. Get more details about each of these reunions online at by clicking here.
Friday, Oct. 28: Homecoming Celebration & Pep Rally, ISU Alumni Center, 5-9 p.m., free Sponsored by Barefoot Campus Outfitters, this annual event will include food and drink, shopping and giveaways, a silent auction to benefit SALC’s annual Cardinal Court scholarship auction, a pep rally (7 p.m.) featuring ISU coaches, student-athletes, band and spirit squads, Yell-Like-Hell competition finals, and the crowing of Cardinal Court
Friday, Oct. 28: ExCYtement in the Streets, Greek Community, 8-10 p.m., free Following the pep rally, Iowa Staters are encouraged to head into the nearby Greek Community to view Homecoming lawn displays. The self-guided “still parade” is a Homecoming classic.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Cyclone Central Homecoming Tailgate, ISU Alumni Center, 3 hours prior to kickoff, free The ISU Alumni Association will be hosting a pregame football tailgate at the ISU Alumni Center to celebrate Homecoming. Admission is free, though fans wanting catered meals from Hickory Park Restaurant must register and pay in advance . Food trucks, shopping, fun and games, musical performances, and more will be available to fans during the event without advanced registration. Fans in attendance will also have an additional opportunity to participate in the scholarship silent auction.
All information about the 2016 ISU Homecoming celebration – including a complete listing of events – can be found online by clicking here.