Several activities, parade planned for Purdue Homecoming

October 1, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Homecoming 2012 will feature activities for students and the public. Included will be a parade, a pep rally with a basketball preview and family events.

The events kick off Wednesday (Oct. 3) and conclude with the Homecoming football game against the University of Wisconsin at noon on Oct. 13 at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The theme for this year's Homecoming is "100 years of Hail Purdue - Join the Chorus." Two Purdue students wrote and set to music the Boilermakers' fight song.

The celebration includes:

* Voting for Homecoming king and queen, open only to Purdue students. This will take place from Wednesday (Oct. 3) through Oct. 11 online at Vote for one king and one queen candidate. A list of all the candidates, along with their photographs and profiles, is available at

* The Homecoming Kickoff Cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 on the front lawn of Purdue Memorial Union. Students showing Purdue identification can get free food and participate in games. Food will be served first come, first served.

* A blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. You can sign up at

* The Homecoming Talent Show at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom, featuring 11 student performances. Acts will include piano, dancing and a rock band. Audience members will have a chance to win two free tickets to the B.o.B. concert.

* B.o.B., also known as Bobby Ray Simmons, an American rapper and singer-songwriter, will perform with Shwayze and Cyhi Da Prynce at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Elliott Hall of Music. Ticket prices are $34.50 for Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students and $37.50 for the general public. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center box offices or by calling 765-494-3933. Tickets also are available at For more, visit

* The Boilermaker Night Train Parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The route will begin at Northwestern Avenue and Columbia Street, go south on Northwestern Avenue and west on State Street before turning north on University Street and ending at Mackey Arena. The parade will feature floats, along with walking and motorized units decorated with this year's theme, "Once Upon a Homecoming." Participants will include the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band; former astronaut Eugene Cernan, Purdue alumnus and the most recent man to walk on the moon; and will be led by acting President Timothy Sands. During the parade, between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., the following streets will be temporarily closed: Northwestern, State and University. To view the parade route, visit

* A pep rally following the parade on Oct. 12 in Mackey Arena, a new location this year. The rally will feature football coach Danny Hope and the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band. The Homecoming queen and king will be announced. The evening will continue at approximately 9:15 p.m. with basketball's Tip-Off Before the Kickoff. The tentative schedule includes introductions of both the Purdue men's and women's basketball teams, a performance by the student athletes from both teams, shooting and slam dunk competitions and remarks by head coaches Matt Painter and Sharon Versyp. The event is free and open to the public. Doors to Mackey Arena will open at 8 p.m.

* A family-friendly celebration between the Armstrong Hall of Engineering and Schleman Hall of Student Services on Stadium Mall from 9-11 a.m. before the game on Oct. 13. There will be entertainment during the event, including the Black Voices of Inspiration, the Girls in Black, the Purduettes, the Tippecanotes and the "All-American" Marching Band. There also will be activity tents hosted by colleges, schools and units across campus and food vendors. At the conclusion of the celebration, at approximately 11 a.m., the "All-American" Marching Band will lead a march to the stadium.

The parade, pep rally, blood drive and celebration are free and open to the public.

More details on Homecoming events are available at

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Sources: Margie Jones, program manager, Purdue Memorial Union, 765-494-8907,

Kirk Milburn, assistant director of special events, 765-494-1782,

Chad Johnson, Purdue Alumni Association, 765-494-9179,

Derick Stoulil, director of fan experience, Intercollegiate Athletics Administration, 765-496-2138

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