This year’s parade kicks off on Friday, October 6th, at 5:45 PM in downtown Iowa City.

The Homecoming Parade is an annual tradition that brings Hawkeyes together from both near and far. Parade participants include students, staff, faculty, and members of the Iowa City and surrounding communities.


Want to see the Homecoming Parade but can't make it to Iowa City? Watch our livestream on YouTube!

Parade route

The parade will begin moving west on Washington St. at Gilbert, then north on Clinton, east on Jefferson, south on Dubuque, east on Iowa, and will end at the intersection of Iowa Ave. and Gilbert Street. 

a map of the parade route.

Each year, the University of Iowa community celebrates alongside more than 20,000 Hawkeyes that come from near and far to watch the parade. Included in the parade are dozens of floats, performances, bands, dance troupes, guests of honor, student organizations, community organizations, staff, faculty, and students. 

Grand marshals

Hawkeye superstars Caitlin Clark and Spencer Lee will lead off this year's Parade as the Grand Marshals!


Street Closures

Roads in downtown and residential areas of Iowa City may be affected by road closures and no-parking ordinances. Check here if your area will be affected.

Friday - A Night to Remember

Visit the full Homecoming schedule to learn all about the events of Homecoming week 2023, including a conversation with Caitlin Clark, Stephen A. Smith, Mark Shapiro, and a performance by Swae Lee. 

image of Spencer Lee and Caitlin Clark, "Grand Marshals" 2023

2023 Grand Marshals

Leading the 2023 Homecoming Parade will be Hawkeye athletics superstars Caitlin Clark and Spencer Lee!


Volunteer for the Parade! If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Contact the Volunteer Director, Ally Wehrspan, at with any questions.