ALL ROADS LEAD HOME
October 19-22, 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 marshals for the 2017 Homecoming Parade are Lynn F. Briley '71, Janet Brown Strafer '71, M.Ed. '77 and Karen O. Ely '71, the first African Americans in residence at William & Mary.
Be among the throngs of alumni and student spectators that gather along Richmond Road to cheer and witness the parade.
The Parade begins at the corner of North Boundary Street and Richmond Road at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
The parade begins at the corner of North Boundary Street and Richmond Road, proceeds along Richmond Road, turns onto Dillard Drive, and ends in the Kaplan Arena parking lot.
Yes, find the gathering spot for your class year on the map below. (No registration is required if you wish to watch the reunion class parade.)
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 October 5, 2017.
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 Kaplan Arena parking lot located between McClurg Drive and Compton Drive. There will be dumpsters available for parade participants to break down their floats and discard any 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 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.