Parade Information


Date: October 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM

The Homecoming Parade unites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members across the Penn State community in an annual celebration of Penn State pride. The Parade will start on Penn State’s University Park campus and continue through downtown State College.
Spectators are welcome to watch along sidewalks and grass areas designated by Security. They can share in the excitement of student, alumni, and community members walking, driving, or riding on floats in the Parade. The Homecoming Grand Marshal, Honorary Grand Marshal, as well as Student, Alumni, University, and Grad Courts will also share in the celebration of Penn State pride in the Parade.
The Parade will officially begin at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 23th 2021 and will start in front of the IM Building. Roads will begin to close at 5:30 PM. We hope you will join us to celebrate the Penn State tradition.

Road and Parking 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.

Homecoming Parade Route

Parade Route Map

Help guard the Lion Shrine after the parade!