The Homecoming Parade has been one of Ball State's greatest traditions since it began in 1939. University organizations and Muncie community businesses and groups enter floats, cars, bands, and even horses to show off their Cardinal Pride!
General Information for All Entries
- The parade takes place on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. at Muncie Central High School (North parking lot). Please enter at the stop light on Walnut Street and arrange to be dropped off at the parade site or ride on the float/vehicle you plan to drive in the parade. There will be no additional space for parking vehicles not used in the parade.
- The parade theme is "Cardinals Around the World." Judges will look for floats that reflect the theme. Your parade unit must clearly display the name of your business or organization.
- There will be volunteers on site to direct you into the lot to your designated space. It is the responsibility of the participating organization to remove its entry from the parade route and campus immediately following the parade.
- All entry forms are due to the Homecoming office no later than Thursday, October 5, to ensure that preparations can be completed in time. No entries will be added after this time.
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The cost to enter a float in the parade is $100. All campus floats must get a police escort to the lineup site. For an escort, contact the University Police Department at 285-1111.
- Float size: Maximum measurements for floats are: 15 feet high (from the ground), 11 feet wide, and 22 feet long. Jeeps, flatbed trucks, pick-ups, etc. may be used for floats. A standard hay wagon or farm wagon may also be used at the base (a standard hay wagon consists of a frame and four wheels). The height restriction of 15 feet has been adopted for your protection so that the float will clear all the wires and trees along the parade route. All floats must adhere to these limitations and be capable of negotiating corners on the route.
- Bus entries and/or vehicles larger than a standard car or truck should sign up in the float category to ensure enough space at the lineup site.
- One car is permitted to accompany each float without paying an additional fee. Cars that accompany floats will line up behind the float.
Car and Walking Entries
The cost to enter a car/walking unit in the parade is $75. A separate entry form must be submitted for each unit entered in the parade. Only one vehicle is permitted in this category. If you have more than one vehicle in your unit or require extra space, please sign up as a separate car/walking entry and ask to be placed together in the lineup.
For additional information, contact the Homecoming Office at 765-285-1083 or via email.