The mission of Penn State Homecoming is to celebrate tradition and instill pride in all members of the Penn State family through active engagement of students, alumni, faculty and staff across the community.


We believe that the traditional sense of a homecoming celebration encompassing a parade and football game has evolved, and strive to set a new standard for homecoming celebrations.. Penn State Homecoming organizes a number of exciting events in the spring and fall semesters culminating with the events of Homecoming Week.

Parade Info

Date: October 7, 2016

Departure: 6:00 PM

The annual Homecoming Parade unites students, alumni, faculty, and staff members across the Penn State community through a procession down the University Park Campus and downtown State College area. Each year we welcome Alumni Chapters that travel from all across the country to attend or walk in the Parade. Spectators line up along College Avenue and throughout the streets on campus to watch students demonstrate Penn State pride by walking along the Parade route or showing their elaborate float designs for the Float Competition. Spectators are welcome to sit along the sidewalks and grass areas as designated by Security. The Homecoming Grand Marshal and the Honorary Grand Marshal will ride in convertibles among members of the Student and Faculty Courts and of the Penn State community. We will host three merchandise sales along the Parade route: in front of East Halls, next to McElwain Hall, and on College Avenue in front of Old Main. The Parade will officially step off in front of the IM Building at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 7, 2016. Roads will close at 5:30 PM. We hope to see you there!

The Homecoming Parade will be livestreamed here, courtesy of the College of Communications at Penn State


Parade Float Safety Information

Road and Parking Lot Closures

Roadway/Lot Closures The parade route will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 p.m. through the conclusion of the parade. Parking along the route will be restricted. Motorists must remove parked vehicles on College Avenue prior to the start of the parade. Porter Road will be closed to all northbound traffic from Hastings Road to Curtin Road from 5:30 p.m. until the parade units clear the roadway. The Curtin Road exit, as well as Porter Road exits #2, #3, and #4 out of Lot 44 will also be closed. The #5 exit from Lot 44 to Porter Road will be used for entry only. No traffic will be allowed to exit onto Porter Road until the parade clears. All traffic exiting Lot 44 will need to travel west on Dauer Drive (located south of the Bryce Jordan Center), where vehicles will be allowed to turn north or south on to University Drive. Due to the formation and movement of parade units, the sections of Lot Yellow H at the IM Building and the Wagner Building will be closed beginning at 3:30 p.m. All vehicles must be removed from the Yellow H IM and Wagner lots by 5:30 p.m. Faculty/staff and students who do not wish to remain until the conclusion of the parade, should make plans to remove their vehicles from the following areas before 5:30 p.m. on Friday:
  • Yellow H Shields Building
  • Yellow H (IM Building)
  • Yellow H (Wagner Building)
  • Orange J (McCoy Natatorium)
  • Lot 42 (north of Building 14)
  • Lot 81 (at Ritner/Wolf Halls and Pollock Building) - must exit to Mifflin Road then travel south to McKean Road
  • HUB Parking Deck (Yellow C)
  • Yellow J (Atherton Hall)
  • Yellow N (College Ave. in front of Health & Human Development)
  • Lot Brown A (Reber & Deike Buildings)

Please note that Pollock Road will remain open to Burrowes Road for vehicles exiting Lot Brown A Willard, Brown E Fraser Road, and Old Main. University Police will be stationed along the parade route beginning at 5 p.m. to help facilitate rush-hour traffic flow and begin closing the route.