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We look forward to seeing you next year, Oct. 19-22 for Homecoming 2017. And mark your calendar for William & Mary Weekend in New York City on May 18-21, 2017.
The Parade is a long-standing tradition during William & Mary’s Homecoming that rallies Tribe pride for the upcoming football game. Entries include student floats, walking groups, alumni participants and community partners. Each year, a grand marshal is selected by the school to lead the parade. The grand marshal for the 2016 Homecoming Parade were the Honorable Michael K. Powell ’85 and Jane Powell ’85. Alumni and student spectators alike gather along Richmond Road to cheer on the parade. This year there were two stops for the parade. At the first stop, on the corner of Richmond and Jamestown Road, the entries were announced. At the second stop in front of the Alumni House, floats were judged for awards.
The 2016 Homecoming Parade Award Winners Are:
The Spirit Award: Pep Band
|Student Float||Student Marching||Alumni/Community|
Community Development Center/ Residence Life
Catholic Campus Ministry
The Olde Guarde
The William and Mary Choir
W&M Dhamaal Bhangra
King William High School Marching Cavalier Band
Cheerleaders and Toano Fire Truck
Charles City High School Marching Panthers
Watch Parade highlights below or in full on Facebook Live.
The Parade begins at the corner of North Boundary Street and Richmond Road, proceeds along Richmond Road, turns onto Brooks Drive, and ends in the W&M Hall parking lot.
Yes, you will be able to find your reunion parade watch location on the map below. (No registration is required for the reunion class Parade watches.) There will also be signs along the route on the day of the parade.
Students can apply to participate in the parade. Registration closes at midnight on September 30, 2016.
Yes, we have Parade grants for those students who will need financial assistance. Parade participants who are building floats, will receive up to $100, while walking groups will receive up to $50. All student Parade participants who are approved for Parade grants will have to purchase their items up front and will receive a reimbursement after the Parade. All receipts will be required to be turned in within a week of the Homecoming Parade.
Submissions are due by midnight on Sept. 30, 2016.
If you have questions, please email the Alumni Events office.
Alumni and community members can apply to paritcipate in the parade. Registration closes at midnight on September 30, 2016.
Yes! The W&M Alumni Association offers prizes for both student groups and alumni/community groups. The prizes are as follows:
Float Groups Prizes (students only)
1st Place: $1,500.00
3rd Place: $250.00
Marching Groups Prizes (students only)
1st Place: $750.00
2nd Place: $500.00
3rd Place: $200.00
Alumni/Community Prizes (non-student entries)
1st place: $500.00
2nd place: $350.00
3rd place: $150.00
*Any group can qualify for the Spirit Award- $1,500.00
The Parade begins at the corner of North Boundary Street and Richmond Road.
The Parade ends at the William & Mary Hall parking lot located between McClurg Drive and Compton Drive. There will be dumpsters available for Parade participants to break down their floats or throw away trash.
All Parade participants must check in with Alumni Association staff on North Boundary Street at their assigned time. Due to road blocks, participants will only be able to get to the check-in location by driving from Lafayette Street onto North Boundary Street.
Once you have arrived at the North Boundary Street check-in location and have been given permission to proceed to the Parade line-up, a volunteer will then officially check you in at your line-up spot.
For full details of where parking is allowed on campus, please visit www.wm.edu/parkingservices. If you are a participant in the Parade, you will be allowed to park in the large William & Mary Hall parking lot located between McClurg Drive and Compton Drive from 3–6 p.m.
The drop off location for Parade participants is on North Boundary Street near the Williamsburg Library. Vehicles dropping off participants will then be directed back onto Lafayette Street through the library parking lot.