Parade Begins: 11:00am
First priority for Parade participation is given to LSU Registered Student Organizations.
Political campaigns, political candidates, and political organizations interested in participating in the LSU Homecoming Parade must contact Student Government (firstname.lastname@example.org), prior to submitting a parade application.
The Homecoming Parade is a great opportunity for groups and individuals to show their Tiger Pride! The parade will kick off Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. It will last approximately 75 minutes and the route is 2.9 miles in length.
All groups and individuals are welcome to apply to participate. Groups can participate as a ‘unit’ which can consist of a float, vehicle, marching group, walking squad, or anything else! The Homecoming Parade Committee will make the final decision which units are approved.
Parade Line-Up: Groups will be contacted with specific report time no later than Friday, September 30. The parade will start and end at the University Administration Building parking lots on West Lakeshore Drive.
- This is a family-oriented, community-based event. All persons participating in the parade are subject to the Louisiana State University regulations regarding behavior. Students are expected to exhibit behavior in line with the values of the University’s Commitment to Community and the LSU Code of Student Conduct.
- All organizations who will participate in the Parade must send a representative to one of the Parade Participant Meetings.
3. The Homecoming Committee may deny application and registration by any organization based on LSU or LSU Athletics business contracts. If you have specific questions or have a business sponsor, please contact the Homecoming Student Committee.
4. The contact person MUST be with their unit at all times leading up to and during the parade and must also have their cell phone on (listed on the Parade application).
5. The unit’s contact person is responsible for the behavior of those on your unit at all times. Irresponsible and/or dangerous parade behavior includes, but is not limited to:
a. Use of alcohol by any parade unit drivers, riders or walkers.
b. Riding, sitting, standing, climbing, or dancing on trailer rails, parade float walls, truck bed sidewalls, vehicle hoods, etc.
c. Riding, sitting, standing, or dancing on any other parts of a vehicles not intended to accommodate riders (for instance, on the hitch area of a gooseneck trailer).
d. All float riders must remain on the float at all times.
6. Each parade unit with a vehicle (car/truck with or without a float) must have at least 4 Parade Unit Marshals (1 on each side of the unit and 2 following the unit) to monitor safety and behavior before and during the parade.
a. Homecoming parade staff will communicate with the Parade Unit Marshals during the Parade to address safety and behavior concerns. It is the Homecoming Parade Staff’s expectations that the Parade Unit Marshals help ensure riders’ safety and appropriate behavior by being familiar with Parade guidelines and confronting issues as they arise or when directed by Homecoming Parade staff or other University officials.
7. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, before and during the parade. If alcohol is present, it will result in dismissal from the Homecoming Parade for the individual and/or organization.
8. Parade participants are not allowed to bring any liquids or drinks of any type on the floats.
a. The LSU Homecoming Student Committee will provide bottled water for riders on each unit.
b. Any liquids not provided by the LSU Homecoming Student Committee will be poured out and riders may be asked to leave.
Parade Unit Safety, Dimensions and Construction
9. Each unit must provide its own means of transportation to the parade, during the parade and away from the University Administration Building following the parade’s conclusion.
10. All floats will need to stop at the University Administration Building at the end of the Parade to let all passengers off before leaving the route.
11. Parade units or other materials may be left in the line-up lots through the evening following the parade; however items left are at the organizations risk.
12. To fit through LSU street gates, all units must be no wider than 96 inches (8 feet across). This includes decorations and position of riders. If the unit is too wide, it will not be allowed to participate.
13. To reduce the risk of potential collision damage between LSU oak trees, parade units and riders, all units must be no taller than 144 inches (12 feet). Riders should not stand or sit on a unit anywhere that would expose their bodies to heights of more than 144 inches (12 feet). If the unit is too tall, it will not be allowed to participate.
14. No semi-tractor/trailer trucks or semi-tractor trailer trucks with trailers will be allowed.
15. Units must be able to move at parade speed (about 5 mph) and be able to move faster in case of emergency.
16. Vehicle units (floats, flatbeds, decorated vehicles, etc.) may not have an unsafe number of riders. Groups must provide the number of riders with their registration (if exact number is not known, include the maximum your float will be able to hold). The exact number of riders on each vehicle is subject to approval by the Homecoming Committee.
a. The number of riders on each vehicle is determined by the following formula: [(Trailer width x Trailer length)/5sq. ft per rider] For example: 8’ wide x 40’ long=320 sq. ft. / 5 sq. ft. per rider= 64 riders
b. There is no limit to the number of individuals participating in walking units.
17. Standing riders on floats or vehicles must have a handhold. Sitting riders must be seated inside the float, in the bed of a truck, or on the back of a convertible. Riders and any portion of their bodies must not hang over the sides of any vehicle or be standing on trailer hitches.
18. Unit decorations cannot block or obstruct vehicle doors, exhaust pipes, wheels or windows.
19. Units are not allowed to incorporate or use gas-fired, charcoal or other grills on their parade units.
20. All units with a trailer must carry a fire extinguisher. This does not include personal vehicles used as parade units. If the personal vehicle is used to pull a trailer, the trailer must have a fire extinguisher.
• Placement of the minimum 4 Parade Unit Marshals (Rule #6). Parade Unit Marshals are in the dark shirts in the illustration.
• Horizontal and Vertical height restrictions (Rules #12 and 13)
• Required Handholds (Rule #17)
Driver(s) and Vehicle(s) Information
21. Drivers are responsible for the vehicle in which they are driving, pulling (if applicable), and for all riders contained within. Therefore, drivers of all vehicles must provide the following information with their registration:
a. Driver’s name(s)
b. Photocopy of Driver’s License
c. Photocopy of vehicle and driver proof of auto insurance
d. License Plate Number(s) – be sure to include trailer license plate numbers
e. Description of vehicle(s) and any trailers including length, width and height dimensions, type of vehicle, description of trailers (single axle, tandem axle, gooseneck trailer, etc.)
f. Maximum number of riders the participating group wishes to have ride on their vehicle. The final number allowed will be determined by the Homecoming Parade Committee.
Parade Unit Entertainment
22. All parade entries are encouraged to have appropriate throws. No objects may be thrown that could cause injury. Throws should not have the logo, marks, insignia or any reference to a corporate / organizational entity external to LSU (unless approved in advance by the LSU Homecoming Committee).
23. Music, visual displays, or other decorative aspects must be in line with the values of the University’s Commitment to Community and the LSU Code of Student Conduct. If you have questions, please ask during a required parade participant meetings.
a. Must provide a sketch or description of your parade unit’s decorative aspects on the final page of the registration packet.
b. Organizations are encouraged to associate decorations with the “Louisiana State of Mind” theme.
c. Music must be family-friendly and radio edit versions. Any parade unit not compliant with this rule will be removed from the parade.
Judging of Floats
24. Only parade entries from LSU registered student organizations will be judged.
Failure to adhere to these rules will result in consequences, including not limited to being requested to leave the parade line-up (including, but not limited to, before or during the parade), loss of the privilege to ride in the parade next year and/or University sanctions for the individual participants or group.
At any time, the Homecoming Student Committee at LSU may update the Parade guidelines, and will work to inform participants and applicants in a timely manner.
LSU Homecoming Parade Route: Approx. 2.9 miles