University of Iowa

2021 Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Parade is an annual tradition that unites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members across the Iowa City community. Each year, we welcome Hawkeye Alumni back home to Iowa City to celebrate alongside more than 15,000 spectators that come from around the world to watch the parade. The Homecoming Parade is a time to celebrate being a Hawkeye! With fancy floats and guests of honor riding corvettes to student organizations, community organizations, & the University of Iowa Departments flaunting their Hawkeye spirit─ The Homecoming Parade is an event NO Hawkeye will want to miss!

Parade Details 

  • "Moving Tradition Forward"
  • 5:45 pm on October 15, 2021
  • Downtown Iowa City (see route and map below)
  • **Parade Applications are Due September 27th, 2021 at 5:00 PM**

Parade Route and Map

  • Starts at Washington and Gilbert
  • Continues on Clinton, Jefferson, Dubuque, and Iowa Avenue
  • Finishes at Iowa and Gilbert

graphic of parade route (map)


Grab-and-Go Dinner Locations

You can grab-and-go dinner for your family before or after the parade from participating restaurants in downtown Iowa City. See below for participating restaurants:

  • Bo James
  • One Twenty Six & Flight
  • Yotopia Frozen Yogurt
  • Clinton Street Social Club
  • Airliner
  • Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt feat. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Mama’s Deli
  • El Patron
  • St. Burch Tavern
  • Molly’s Cupcakes
  • One Twenty Six & Moonrakers
  • The Dandy Lion
  • Formosa & Iowa Chop House
  • Banh Mi Amore
  • Nodo Downtown
  • The Jave House & Heirloom Salad Co.
  • Mesa Pizza