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Village parade kicks off homecoming festivities

by Courtney Deeren - Lifestyles Editor, Kari Ashworth - News Editor
Tue, Oct 1st 2019 05:00 pm
For the first event of Homecoming Weekend, clubs and residence halls across The College at Brockport made floats and marched in the parade that went through the village. Brockport High School's marching band lead the procession of floats which featured Honors Club, representatives of Greek Life, EOP students, BSG and more.
For the first event of Homecoming Weekend, clubs and residence halls across The College at Brockport made floats and marched in the parade that went through the village. Brockport High School's marching band lead the procession of floats which featured Honors Club, representatives of Greek Life, EOP students, BSG and more.

The Village of Brockport crowded Main Street and College Street Saturday, Sept. 28 to watch as The College at Brockport’s Homecoming Parade processed toward Alumni House.

Main Street was lined with locals and employees of local businesses, some of whom occasionally popped out of the buildings to ask what was happening. As the procession began parade viewers watched Ellsworth, The College at Brockport’s mascot along with President Heidi Macpherson and students holding a banner. The Brockport High School Marching Band followed along with several other floats from different on-campus groups. 

The theme for this year’s parade was “music around the world.” Each float made the theme its own with several of the residence halls displaying different decades. MacVicar Hall did “MacVicar’s greatest 80s hits,” while Perry Hall took it back to the 1990s. Other organizations such as Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Association of Latinx American Students (ALAS), Inter-Greek Council (IGC) and Thompson Hall took the theme in different directions. 

ALAS included members dancing through the street and lip syncing to various songs. Thompson Hall’s float celebrated country music as members donned flannel and sat on hay bales in the back of a pick up truck. 

Most of the Brockport Student Government (BSG) members marched alongside Macpherson and Ellsworth where others joined those on the floats. 

One onlooker is Brockport alumna Cathy Appleby. Originally from Albany, N.Y., Appleby graduated from Brockport in 1975. 

“I met my husband here and we settled here because we like Brockport,” Appleby said. 

Appleby brought her granddaughter to the parade as well. 

“This is her first knowledgeable time of coming to the homecoming parade,” Appleby said. “She’s been once before she’ll only be three at the end of the year.” 

Overall, Appleby thouroughly enjoyed watching the different interpretations of the theme. 

“I loved it, it was great,” Appleby said. “I think everyone did a really really, really, good job. It got into the theme very nicely.”

The judges included Amy McNulty from Student Union and Activities, Cephas Archie from the office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Assistant Professor Department of Public Health Josh Fegley, and a Welcome Week Assistant Janique King. 

McNulty was also on the planning committee. 

“My role is to help with the judges and also be a judge,” McNulty said. “And be over here while the rest of our team is all over with the parade line up and getting everyone ready. The judges rank each of the floats and announce the winners at the Homecoming Game.”

The judges had different specifics they were judging the floats on. 

“There is best use of theme, there’s creative design, there’s participation and then there’s spirit,” McNulty said. “Then there’s an overall best homecoming float as well. Then they’re broken into also best residence hall and best department and best club or organization. There’s a variety of different awards that we’ll give out.”

In all, EOP ended up winning best overall float. MacVicar Hall won best use of theme, Thompson Hall won best use of design/creativity, IGC won best audience interaction and ALAS won best spirit. The groups will each be receiving a plaque according to an email sent out by Chitsatt Myothant from Student Union and Activities. 

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