After a two-year hiatus, the Homecoming parade returned this year. Seniors and fifth-year students might remember the last time the parade occurred during Homecoming in the Fall of 2012. However, for many underclassmen, this year marked their first experience with the Homecoming parade. Many student groups took the time and effort to handbuild their very own float in accordance with the “Gold Rush” theme. Each float was then driven on Washington Street through downtown Golden with students aboard. Spectators enjoyed coffee and donuts, while students were able show their creativity on a large scale to the Golden community. Homecoming spirit increased with the thought of winning the prize of the best float! This year the combined efforts of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Alpha Phi Sorority claimed bragging rights for Homecoming 2015. Other groups included Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Pi Beta Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Kappa, The Multicultural Engineering Program, and Residence Life, all who participated with really spectacular floats of their own.
Students absolutely love building floats and all of the fun that goes along with the parade. Being able to design, build, and display a float fosters strong student bonds. It gives students a chance to create positive memories in pursuit of celebrating the honor and privilege involved with being a student at the Colorado School of Mines.
Hopefully, the success of this event will solidify the Homecoming parade as a permanent fixture in the Homecoming schedules of the future — making it a tradition Mines students can be proud to participate in and to show school pride to the surrounding Golden community.
Photo by Jacquie Feuerborn