2020 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 and celebrate 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 in corvettes, to student & community organizations & University of Iowa Departments flaunting their school spirit— The Homecoming Parade is an event NO Hawkeye will want to miss!


Time, Date & Location: TBD

2020 Parade Grand Marshal: TBD

Parade Route: TBD

Participation in the Homecoming Parade

Check back soon for the new 2020 Parade Application!

Application is due two weeks before parade.

General Parade Guidelines: 

We will have 136 entrees in this year’s Homecoming Parade due to space limitations. A Late fee of $55 is applied if application is submitted after the deadline.  

Entry fees will not be refunded for any reason including inclement weather. Please retain these instructions and bring them to your assigned mandatory parade meeting at 7:30pm or 9:00pm on Monday, October 14th, 2019 in the Iowa Theater (formerly Bijou) in the IMU.

The following rules and guidelines are to be met by all entrants in the 2019 Homecoming Parade: Friday, October 18th, 2019. Any violation of these guidelines will result in forfeiture of participation in the parade:

1.  An entry fee is required of every entry and must accompany the application. There are four entry classes, each of which must follow the vehicle/float dimensions: Height: 12ft, Length: 60ft, Width: 100in. (including rails), Street Clearance: 12 in. above ground.

Class 1: Traditional float entries: all participants must provide their own pulling mechanism and transportation (if applicable). The pulling mechanism must consist of a maximum of one motorized vehicle. A maximum of 30 people may be present on or around the float entry. 

Class 2: Walking and non-motorized entries: may consist of a maximum of 60 people on foot, person-powered, or animal- powered vehicles (example: bicycles, big wheels, or horse and carriage). 

Class 3: Motorized vehicles without floats (example: cars or tractors): The number of vehicles included in this entry space will be dependent on the size of the vehicles. In such entries there must be an interval between vehicles equal to the vehicle length (example: for a vehicle six feet in length, there must be a six foot distance between that and all other vehicle(s) in the entry). If the vehicles are of varying sizes the space between vehicles must be equivalent to the length of the largest vehicle in the entry. 

Class 4: Novelty Unity entries (ex: military equipment, fire equipment, antique vehicles, etc.): those that do not fit into any of the above three categories. These entries will be considered unique and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Homecoming Council. All decisions by the Homecoming Council are final. 

Entries exceeding the above restrictions must pay an additional $100 entry fee for each additional entry space needed. Any entry which is found to be in violation of any parade or university policies and/or state or local laws during the parade or parade line-up will be removed without refund of entry fee. 

 2.  A mandatory meeting will be held for all entries. A representative from your entry is required to attend. Failure to do so will result in loss of entry fee and disqualification from the parade. The position of each entry will be announced at this time and this list will be reviewed. You will be assigned a meeting time of either 7:30pm or 9pm. This meeting will be held Monday, October 14th, 2019. It is very important that one member attends this meeting! 

 3. No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances will be allowed on or near the entries prior to or during the parade. If alcoholic beverages and/or illegal substances or their containers are found, or the person operating any type of vehicle (example: motorized, bicycles, etc.) is suspected of having consumed alcohol, the entry will be pulled from the parade. Police assistance will be used if necessary.

 4. Entries may not display advertisement for alcohol or tobacco (examples: banners, logos, etc.) on their float. 

 5. No candy, leaflets, food, pencils, or other items may be thrown from the entries at any time. However, candy, leaflets or other items may be handed out, under the following circumstances: A minimum of two persons must be on each side of the entry, at the outermost edges of the street at all times, to pass out items to spectators. Entries violating this policy will be removed from the parade and entry will not be refunded. This will be enforced by parade security and the Iowa City Police. 

 6.  All entries with motorized vehicles must carry a minimum 2A10B: five pound fire extinguisher. It must be shown upon request to parade personnel prior to and/or during the parade. In addition, entries must yield right of way to all.

 7. All entries including children ages 12 and under will be required to have a ratio of one adult to every ten children.

 8. Proceed to your assigned location in the parade staging area no later than 3pm so that line-up can be positioned properly. The parade will begin at exactly 5:45pm and the flow of entries will proceed according to the parade route and staging area maps.

 9. Do not bring extraneous vehicles into the staging area. Additional vehicles will delay the start of the parade and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

10. At the end of the parade route, please be considerate of those following you and clear the area quickly. Explicitly follow the direction of parade personnel.

11. All floats competing in float competition will be judged by a panel of judge consisting of students, faculty, staff and community leaders. One float will be awarded “Best of Show” for fulfilling the requirements of Hawkeye Spirit.

12. Under no circumstances will a group be allowed to stop during the parade. (Specifically marching bands should not stop to perform). The parade will move at a constant flow and will only stop in the event that the preceding entry stops. If any entry cannot proceed at any point during the parade, (i.e.. mechanical breakdown, etc.) please exit the parade route at the nearest possible exit or move to the side of the parade route and immediately inform the next entry to continue around you.

13. Any participants who wish to have animals in their entry must indicate use on the attached application. Entrants are responsible for the cleaning and disposal of any waste produced by the animals. Though animals may be present, they may not leave the transportation vehicle.

Failure to abide by the above policies will result in dismissal from the 2019 Homecoming Parade without refund.
Applications will not be processed without payment in full by the scheduled application deadline. 

Additional Information

If applicants select a Class 1 entry (traditional float), that organization will receive $20 off the application fee. 

We strongly recommend Class 1 entries this year, as Class 1 entries will take priority over all other entries. For example, if application numbers 134 and 135 are walking entries, and application numbers 136 and 137 are both Class 1 entries, numbers 136 & 137 will move up in position, knocking applications 134 and 135 down in the order, resulting in them being put on the wait list.