By SHANE WRIGHT and SHANNA GHAZNAVI
Those entered in the traditional Homecoming parade are getting ready to strut their stuff.
You better get your place early, because the parade, with 70 entries, will begin 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18.
Dignitaries that in the parade include: Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah BYU; President Merrill Bateman; Provo Mayor George Stewart and 1984 Miss America and BYU Homecoming Grand Marshall, Sharlene Wells Hawkes.
Some businesses have also been invited to participate are Saturn of Orem, Hogi Yogi and Easter Seals.
“We always invite a few businesses to be in the parade, because they have been so supportive of BYU throughout the years,” said Student Leadership Involvement Center Director, Jennifer Gale.
Some of the entries include: high school bands, the cast of “the Merry Widow,” some wards and stakes, the Food and Nutrition club and the Class of 1947 will be driving with style in classic cars.
“It’s a coming together of alumni and students, it’s fun, and it’s part of a long standing Homecoming tradition,” Gale said.
The BYU Folk Dance Ensemble and the BYU Cheer Squad will also participate in the parade.
The folk dance teams have been learning parade routines for the last few weeks and next week the teams have a scheduled practice in the Marriott Center parking lot, where they will practice a mock parade route.
Folk Dance Club Presidency Secretary, Lindsay Slade said, “It’s fun dancing for people, they always seem to enjoy the Folk Dancers.”
“On a social level, it’s fun to get to know other team members through the early-parade preparation. Because it’s the beginning of the year, it’s the first chance to do that,” Slade said.
The BYU Cheer Squad is also getting ready for the parade.
Cheer Captain, Nate Felt said, “Were excited to show off the new, more entertaining and exciting Cosmo on his own float.”
The parade helps get everyone excited for the game.
“The Homecoming parade is a great way to get the students and the community prepared and excited about the football game,” Felt said.
The parade route begins on the North side of the Marriott Center traveling east to 900 East. The parade then travels south, down 900 East, then turns west on 800 North all the way to the Brick Oven, where the parade will turn north and end at the Smith Fieldhouse.
There will be an MC and grandstand seating at the beginning of the parade by the Marriott Center parking lot and at the end of the parade by the Smith Fieldhouse.