Sep 242009
Authors: Wissler Lexie

Since 1914, CSU students, alumni, family and friends have united to commemorate one commonality: their love for green and gold. This year, from Oct. 9 to 11, the university will celebrate its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The spirit-filled weekend will include several traditions such as: the Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Festival, the 29th annual 5K race and the football game between CSU and the University of Utah.

For a full list of homecoming activities in addition to these, go to


Homecoming Festival:

When: Friday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.

Where: Lory Student Center West Lawn

Cost: admittance free and open to the public, food for purchase

Festival highlights: pep rally with CSU football head coach Steve Fairchild and Ram football players, live music, the traditional bonfire, lighting of the “A” and fireworks.

The 29th Annual 5K Race:

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

Where: the CSU Oval

Cost: $20 through Oct. 2 (after that it is $25). Proceeds support the Heart Disease Prevention Program of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Lab

Register at:

Homecoming Parade:

When: Friday, Oct. 9, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Theme: “Celebrating the Past, Building the Future”

Route: The parade will begin at the intersection of Oak and Howes Streets and will continue south on Howes, around the Oval and across the Lory Student Center Plaza, before ending at the intersection of Meridian and University Avenues.

Float Registration:

Submit float entries at:

E-mail: or

Mail: Office of CSU Events

301 Administration Building

Fort Collins, CO 80523-7140

Deadline: today

Review the float builder manual and get registration forms at:

Staff writer Lexie Wissler can be reached at

General float requirements:

Must incorporate theme — which would include a tribute to CSU Ram pride or to the spirit of the university’s past or present — and include a celebration of CSU spirit for float to be considered, Designs will be evaluated by the Parade Review Committee

Maximum length and width: 40 feet by 10 feet (including tow vehicle)

Maximum height: 13 feet (from street to top of entry)

Maximum number of participants per entry: 50 (exceptions granted for marching bands)

All entries must travel the entire length of the parade

Towed entries must have a rigid hitch and safety chains

All units must have an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved fire extinguisher with current inspection tag

All parade vehicles (except those entered by licensed dealers) must be street licensed, and

Approved entries will receive a list of additional guidelines.

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