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Parade, game, dances highlight events

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON With its theme this year of “Mardi Gras, Marshall University Style,” students and alumni are letting the Herd times roll with a full slate of homecoming activities.

Friday was deemed Green and White Day, and students and their families were invited to a free picnic on the Memorial Student Center Plaza to celebrate.

The fun kept flowing until the wee hours of the morning, with two separate champagne receptions, a Marshall volleyball game, a presentation by the Marshall Theatre Department and an after-party sponsored by the Black Alumni Association wrapping up at 1 a.m.

Saturday events kick off bright and early at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast with Marshall University President Stephen Kopp in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center. Then, the 18th annual 5K Alum Run gets underway at 9 a.m. near Pullman Square.

The homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and follows a route ending at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. During the parade, 20th Street will be closed from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Fans can access the West Lot through 4 ½ Alley to the north or by the entrance along 3rd Avenue.

A tailgate blast is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the field next to the Harless Dining Hall. The Thunder Walk for the football team is set for 11:45 a.m.

The new Marco costume is set to be unveiled just prior to the 2 p.m. kickoff of the Herd’s game against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners, and the homecoming court will be announced at halftime.

The homecoming festivities won’t end with the last tweet of the referee’s whistle. At 8 p.m., the NPHC Step Show will take the stage at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, and at 9 p.m. the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority will host the Rhoyal Affair Black Alumni dance and silent auction in the Grande Ballroom at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

To cap the weekend, a prayer breakfast is offered at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Kentucky Room at the Pullman Plaza Hotel with a message from Bishop Frederick M. Brown and music by Rodney Boyden.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu.

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