The CSU Rams fight song echoed through the streets of Fort
Collins Saturday as the annual Homecoming parade made its way
This year’s combination of Family Weekend and Homecoming theme
was “The Spirit of Adventure.”
Thousands of community members and CSU students lined Laurel and
Shields streets early Saturday morning to enjoy the parade.
CSU cheerleaders and the university’s marching band led the way,
pumping up the crowd with songs and cheers.
“We came to support CSU,” said Kari Melhouse, a junior human
development and family studies major. “We also came to see our
friends on the float.”
Many of the Greek floats embraced the Homecoming theme. Float
themes included pirate ships, jungles, Indiana Jones, mountain
climbing, around the world in 80 days and Trojan horses, among
“I liked the float with the pirates and hot tub,” said Chelsea
junior natural resources major. “The pirate was very
This pirate ship, which included a student wearing a Brigham
Young University shirt walking the plank, was built by the Alpha
Gamma Rho and Beta Theta Pi fraternities and the Delta Delta Delta
CSU President Larry Penley, who rode in a 1936 Ford, led the way
through town and was followed by a number of floats, bands,
Shriners, horses and community members.
Many people marched in support of political candidates toward
the end of the parade.
The Shriners had a number of cars in the parade, as well as a
bicycle with a large front tire and a small rear tire.
Edward Zorn, grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Colorado and a CSU graduate,
said the bike has many names, including “High Wheel” and
“It just takes a few minutes to learn to ride it,” Zorn said.
“But to be comfortable on it you need to ride it awhile. You can’t
turn sharply so you have to watch out for people.”
This was Zorn’s second year riding the bike in the parade, but
he said shrine units have been coming to the parade for a long
According to CSU’s Web site, the first annual Homecoming
celebration was held in October 1914. The Alumni Association,
academic colleges and campus organizations coordinate many of the
weekend activities, including the parade.
Homecoming events started on Thursday and ended Sunday. Events
included the Homecoming 5K race, a talent and variety show and the
CSU vs. Brigham Young University football game, which the Rams lost