Parade now part of Baker’s Homecoming
Floats and bands will fill the Baldwin streets for the second time in a week, but this weekend's parade isn't a part of the Maple Leaf Festival.
Instead, for the first time in many years, Baker University is having a Homecoming parade.
"It's going to be really fun," Susan Hoffman, Baker's director of student activities, said.
The parade replaces the tradition of Baker students decorating the fronts of residence and Greek housing during Homecoming week.
"As the years went by, the students lost interest in doing that," Hoffman said. "This is something different that might get them excited again."
As the Baker football team prepares to play the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers, five teams of students will compete in a week's worth of activities and decorate floats relating to the Wildcat West theme.
On Saturday morning, the parade, which is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., will feature the Homecoming floats, the Baker band, the Homecoming royalty and other participants. The parade will begin at Eighth and Chapel, wind its way south to High Street, turn left and end at Sixth and High streets.
Baker professor John Richards will be the parade emcee. The floats will be judged by children from the Baldwin Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.
Hoffman said the parade wraps up a week's worth of competitive activities in preparation for the home football game.
"It's something that kind of brings us all back together as one," she said.
Not only would she like to see Baker students and faculty turn out for the parade, Hoffman said she would like to see Baldwin residents line the streets as well.
She said she hopes the parade is a success and would like to see it become a tradition.
"I think we're starting out small," she said, "but we hope to grow."