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Parade

Saturday, October 11Homecoming Parade 10:00 a.m.

The Homecoming Parade is one of Ball State's greatest traditions! Ball State campus organizations and Muncie community businesses and groups enter floats, cars, bands, horses, and even golf carts to show off their Cardinal Pride!

Parade Entry Form

GENERAL INFORMATION - ALL ENTRIES: Lineup will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Muncie Central High School (south parking lot).  Please enter at the stop light in front of the school.  

The parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please 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.

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The parade theme is "Cardinal Strong." Judges will be looking for floats that reflect the theme. Your parade unit must clearly display the name of your business/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 parade forms and payment must be submitted by Thursday, September 25 to ensure all mailings can be completed in time.  Sorry, no entries will be added after this date.

FLOAT ENTRIES: 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. Maximum cost for construction should not exceed $500.
  • Bus entries should sign up in the float category to ensure enough space at the lineup site. 
  • Two cars are permitted to accompany each float without paying an additional fee. Cars that accompany floats will line up behind the float. 
  • Decorating materials must not exceed $500.
  • Entry fee for a float entry is $40.

CAR/WALKING ENTRIES: A separate entry form must be submitted for each car/walking unit entered in the parade.

  • Only one vehicle is permitted in this category. If you have more than one vehicle in your unit and/or require extra space, please sign up as a float entry. Float entries are allotted larger space in the lineup. 
  • Decorating materials must not exceed $200. 
  • Entry fee for a car/walking entry is $30.

Golf Cart DimensionsGOLF CART ENTRIES:  

  • Major decorations may be assembled beforehand (see measurements in diagram).
  • Decorating materials must not exceed $200, and may consist of anything not damageable to the cart.
  • Participants should remove all decorations at the end of the parade route and return the carts to the designated drop off location (commuter parking lot behind Worthen Arena) following the parade. There will be a large truck in the lot and volunteers to help load the carts. Entry fee for a golf cart entry is $45.
  • Golf cart entries are limited to the first 10 received. 

STUDENT WATCH SECTION - Want to watch the parade with your friends and compete for extra Homecoming Pride Points? Come hang out and enjoy refreshments and games in front of North Quad (grassy area by the scramble light) while watching the parade! Homecoming Pride Points will be awarded in a variety of ways that day, so come support your organization! The first 100 in attendance will receive a free Homecoming stadium cup!

For additional information, contact Zoey Spengler, Parade Chair, at the Homecoming Office, (765) 285-7051 or homecoming@bsu.edu