Activities, parade planned for Purdue Homecoming

September 18, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Homecoming 2014 will feature activities for students and the public. Included will be a parade, a pep rally during the 211˚ session and family events.

The events kick off Monday (Sept. 22) and conclude at noon on Sept. 27 with the Homecoming football game against the University of Iowa.

The celebration includes:

* Voting for Homecoming king and queen, open only to Purdue students. Voting began Sept. 17 and concludes on Sept. 26 at Vote for one king and one queen candidate. A list of all the candidates, along with their photographs and profiles, is available at - events

* The Homecoming Kickoff Cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 22) 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.

* The Homecoming Carnival/Food Drive from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 24) on Memorial Mall. Games, inflatables and food will be featured at the event, which also will serve as the drop-off point for groups competing in the food drive.

* Trivia Night, featuring six-person teams competing to show off their knowledge of Purdue will be from 8-10 p.m. in the PMU Commons. There will be seven rounds with categories ranging from Purdue people to Purdue places.

* The Boilermaker Night Train Parade will begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 26. The route will begin at the corner of Pierce and State streets, go north on Martin Jischke Drive, head east on Third 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, "Stay Gold." Participants will include the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band. Purdue police advise that due to traffic restrictions in the area of the parade, the best route to take to get around campus is U.S. 231. To view the parade route, visit

* The crowning of the Homecoming king and queen will be at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 27 on stage at Stadium Mall.

*  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 Sept. 27. There will be entertainment during the event, including the Black Voices of Inspiration; the Patty Jischke Bright Horizons Center Children's Group; the Purdue Swing Club and Jazz Band; Purdue Twirlers and Golduster Dance Team; the Purduettes; and the "All-American" Marching Band. There also will be activity tents hosted by colleges, schools, and units across campus and food vendors. In addition, there are other activities on the mall including stilt walkers and representatives from the Confucius Institute at Purdue, who will be teaching children how to write “Boiler Up” in Chinese. More details are available at

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

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

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

Stacey Baisden, assistant director of strategic events for University Development Office 765-494-3466,

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