The always popular LSU Homecoming parade will roll through campus starting at noon on Saturday. LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri will serve as the grand marshal with parade appearances by the LSU pep band and Golden Girls, the LSU cheerleaders and Tiger Girls, the Homecoming Court, Mike the Tiger and more.
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LSU Celebrates 100 Years of Homecoming
LSU Homecoming, the time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community alike, will celebrate 100 years with fun-filled festivities starting Monday, Nov. 9, and concluding with the LSU football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 14.
LSU's first known homecoming celebration took place in December 1909. According to an article from LSU's student newspaper, The Daily Reveille, "The anniversary will also provide a great Homecoming, the gathering together of men who have made the university and have been made by it." The following year, LSU alumni gathered together for the 50th anniversary of the founding of LSU, the first recorded gathering of LSU alumni.
It wasn't until 1922 that homecoming was associated with a home football game. In that year, at the behest of LSU Alumni Association president E.L. Stephans, LSU graduates turned out to see the Tigers defeat Tulane, 24-14. Three years later, LSU celebrated its first official homecoming on Oct. 10, 1925. Festivities included a pep rally and concert, and the alumni had a special section reserved for them at the football game against Alabama.
This year, the LSU Homecoming Committee has planned several activities for the week, some of which required pre-registration by participants. Festivities kick off at noon on Monday in the Student Union Cotillion Ballroom. Chancellor Michael Martin and the homecoming committee will unveil the week's events and lead the crowd in singing the alma mater. A spirit wall will be on display in Free Speech Plaza from Monday through Saturday for students to sign from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Prior to the Tigers’ 40-31 win over Troy last season, Kristen Oaks of West Monroe and Josh King of Zachary were crowned the 2008 LSU Homecoming queen and king.
CANapalooza, an exciting three-day event supporting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, is new this year. From Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., organizations will build creative canned food structures on the Parade Ground. After display the next day, the cans will be donated to the Food Bank. Anyone can donate non-perishable food items throughout Homecoming week in the red barrels around campus.
Each night of CANapalooza will include entertainment and refreshments. Splatterbeat will take place Tuesday, the band Streamline will perform on Wednesday and the Pep Rally rocks on Thursday.
On Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, Homecoming will salute LSU’s veterans at noon at the Memorial Tower with a performance by the Pershing Rifles and LSU veterans as guest speakers.
The pep rally will begin at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday on the Parade Ground featuring the LSU pep band and Golden Girls, head baseball coach Paul Mainieri, the LSU cheerleaders and Tiger Girls, throws and giveaways, video from the LSU Athletics Department, the Homecoming Court, Mike the Tiger and more. Prizes from LSU Graphic Services will be presented to the winners of the student organization banner contest and the Paint the Town Purple contest winners will also be announced.
LSU held its inaugural homecoming parade in 1941 as 52 campus organizations took part in the Tiger Parade. In 2009, Mainieri, LSU's national champion head baseball coach, will serve as the Homecoming Parade grand marshal and lead the procession as the parade rolls on Saturday at noon. The 3.5-mile route starts at West Lakeshore Drive near University High and travels throughout campus.
In 1933, LSU selected its first Homecoming queen. Marguerite Bass was chosen by the student body president and reigned with a princess and seven maids. The university selected its first African-American Homecoming queen in 1991 with the election of Renee Boutte. The following year, LSU began selecting a Homecoming king to reign with the queen.
This year, the Homecoming Court has been expanded to 13 members to include all undergraduate classifications, starting with one freshman with at least one semester of class credit, along with one sophomore couple, two junior couples and three senior couples. However, only senior court members are eligible for king or queen honors.
Members of the 2009 Homecoming Court include queen candidates Chantelle George, Krista Allen and Melissa Landry; and king candidates include Jim Rabalais, Ben Clark and Luke "Joe" Coussan Jr. Other members of the Homecoming Court include juniors Francis Boustany III, J. Ryan Hudson, Phoebe Hathorn and Brooksie Bonvillain; sophomores Nicholas Ferrer and Emily Landry; and freshman Le'Kendra Fusilier.
Voting for the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen can be done via a student’s PAWS account starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. The king and queen will be crowned during halftime festivities of the Louisiana Tech football game at 6 p.m. The Tigers enter their contest with the Bulldogs having won eight-straight homecoming games with an overall record of 56-25-3 in homecoming match ups.
For more information on all 2009 LSU Homecoming activities and to register or RSVP go to www.lsu.edu/homecoming. For questions, send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. The list of 2009 Homecoming festivities includes:
Monday, Nov. 9 Homecoming Kickoff
Noon Join Chancellor Michael Martin and the homecoming committee as they unveil the week's events and lead the crowd in the singing of the alma mater in the Student Union Cotillion Ballroom. Participants can enjoy refreshments and get promotional items and T-shirts while they last.
Mon., Nov. 9 - Sat., Nov. 14 Sign the Spirit Wall
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Students have the chance to sign their names and year of graduation to the Spirit Wall in Free Speech Plaza.
Mon., Nov. 9 - Thurs., Nov. 12 UREC Games
UREC will be holding several compeitions throughout the week, including the Gridiron Challenge; a Punt, Pass & Kick competition; a dodgeball tournament and a sand volleyball tournament. Visit www.lsu.edu/urec for details.
Tues, Nov. 10 Purple Day
Students are encouraged to wear purple on Tuesday.
Tues., Nov. 10 – Thurs., Nov. 12 Vote for Homecoming King and Queen via PAWS
LSU students can vote for the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen via their PAWS accounts from Tuesday at 8 a.m. through Thursday at 3 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 10 – Thurs., Nov. 12 CANapalooza Canned Food Structure Building Contest
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
CANapalooza is an exciting 3-day experience during Homecoming to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Pre-registration was required to compete in the canned food structure building contest, but canned food or monetary donations will be accepted without registration. Donations can be dropped off at the Parade Ground. After display of the canned food structures the next day, the cans will be donated to the Food Bank. Anyone can donate non-perishable food items throughout Homecoming week in the red barrels around campus.
Tues, Nov. 10 Splatterbeat
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Splatterbeat is a big party with free food, good music and free T-shirts to the first 500 people. Trash cans will be placed upside down on the Parade Ground with their lids secured on top. Purple, gold, white and glow in the dark paint will be placed in the lids. Have fun, bang on the drums with the provided sticks and let the paint splatter all around.
Wed, Nov. 11 Red, White and Blue Veteran's Day
Noon Homecoming will salute LSU's veterans at the Memorial Tower. Students are encouraged to come see a performance by LSU ROTC's Pershing Rifles Delta 17 team and enjoy refreshments while listening to some of LSU's military veterans.
Wed, Nov. 11 Streamline Concert
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The rock band Streamline will perform during the second night of CANapalooza on the Parade Ground. Come listen to Streamline perform their MySpace hit "All I Need."
Thursday, Nov. 12 Homecoming Pep Rally – Gold Day
6:50 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Homecoming pep rally on the Parade Ground will feature the LSU pep band and Golden Girls, head baseball coach Paul Mainieri, the LSU cheerleaders and Tiger Girls, throws and giveaways, video from the LSU Athletics Department, the Homecoming Court, Mike the Tiger and more.
Saturday, Nov. 14 – 11:30 a.m. LSU Homecoming Parade
Don’t miss seeing this year’s Homecoming Court, bands, floats and Grand Marshall Paul Mainieri, head baseball coach, in the LSU Homecoming Parade. The parade starts on West Lakeshore Drive near University High School and winds its way for 3.5 miles through campus past Sorority Row, down South Stadium Drive, Tower Drive, North Stadium Drive and South Campus Drive to make one large circle through campus.
Saturday, Nov. 14 – 6 p.m. LSU vs. Louisiana Tech
Come cheer for the Fighting Tiger football team as they take on Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. The 2009 Homecoming Court will be presented in Tiger Stadium and the King and Queen crowned during halftime festivities!
Melissa Foley | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations