Parade

What Parade Does

The Parade Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the largest student-run parade in the nation. This entails coordinating the participation of student, alumni, and community organizations in the parade, communicating parade policy and procedures to all participants, creating the Parade Order, and managing the set up and tear down of the Parade Grounds. The Parade Committee will also perform float safety inspections prior to Parade Day. Our committee color is Safety Green.

For questions or concerns please contact Parade Director, Lexie Naber, at paradehomecoming@psu.edu.

Captain Positions

Administrative Assistant (1)

This captain will act as the primary liaison to the other committees and will work to keep the Parade Committee informed about all things Homecoming. They will send take meeting minutes, organize committee-bonding activities, and order committee merchandise. This captain will also select and oversee the Parade Committee Members. They run weekly meetings to engage the committee in Parade operations, coordinate Parade Day assignments for these committee members, and will assist the director in creating a Parade Day Survival Guide for all of Parade. This position requires outstanding communication, organizational skills, and the applicant should feel comfortable speaking publicly.

Alumni Liaison (1)

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all alumni participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. They will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. They will be responsible for answering alumni questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will also be responsible for the set up and tear down of the Alumni Walking Grounds. This position requires professionalism, organization, and excellent communication skills.

Student Organization Liaison (1)

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all student organizations participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. They will communicate confirmation, check-in, and reminders throughout the year. They will be responsible for answering student organizations’ questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will work closely with the Competition Committee to communicate information to all student organizations competing in Homecoming. This position requires organization, responsibility, excellent communication skills, and experience working with excel.

VIP Liaison (1) 

This Captain will be responsible for coordinating the participation of student, alumni, and government VIPs in the parade. They will develop the list of potential invitees, send invitations, and track RSVPs. They will work closely with the Community/Donor Relations Liaison to secure vehicles for VIPs in the parade. They will work closely with the Vehicle Grounds Coordinator on Parade Day to coordinate the participation of VIPs. This Captain should possess excellent communication skills and able to act professional in situations.

Float Grounds Coordinator (1)

This Captain will be responsible for the Float Grounds. They will secure staging ground reservations with the university. They will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and manage a timely departure of the Float Grounds to the Parade Route. They will oversee the set up and tear down of the Float Grounds. This Captain should be detail oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills.

Vehicle Grounds Coordinator (1)

This Captain will be responsible for the Vehicle Grounds. They will secure staging ground reservations with the university. They will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and manage a timely departure of the Vehicle Grounds to the Parade Route. They will oversee the set up and tear down of the Vehicle Grounds. They will work also closely with the VIP Liaison Captain on Parade Day to coordinate VIP participation in the parade. This Captain should be detailed oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills.

Walking Grounds Coordinator (1)

This Captain will be responsible for the Alumni Walking Grounds and Student Walking Grounds. They will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and secure staging ground reservations with the University. This Captain will be responsible for a timely departure of student walking groups to the Parade Route. They will also be responsible for the set up and tear down of the Student Walking Grounds. This Captain should be detailed oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills.

Student Safety Captain (1)  

This Captain will serve as the primary liaison to the parade flatbed vendor. They will coordinate the delivery of all flatbeds and flatbed supplies to participants. They will communicate flatbed safety regulations to student organizations. They will also plan and organize the Parade Float Safety Inspections. This Captain should have excellent communication skills, be detailed oriented, organized, and able to act professional in situations.

Community/Donor Relations Liason (1)

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all community organizations participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. They will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. They will be responsible for answering community organizations’ questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will work closely with the Alumni Liaison on Parade Day to coordinate the participation of community groups in the parade. This Captain will also be responsible for securing vehicles from local donors for VIPs in the Parade.