By Corinne Burgermeister, Social Editor
It’s here! Homecoming week is upon us, and this year’s theme is “Where Tradition Lives,” which is probably a whole lot less cheesier than your high school’s theme of “Under the Autumn Moon.” In college, homecoming takes on a new meaning for students, as it celebrates the tradition and history of their schools. For Wisconsin, homecoming traditions date back to 1911, making this the 101st year of celebrations. Although the most popular homecoming event will be Saturday’s football game, here are MODA’s top picks among this week’s activities leading up to the big game.
Air Band Competition: Monday Oct. 22, 7-10 pm at the Sett
If you spend your nights out singing karaoke, then this event may be for you. Think of it as American Idol meets Rock Band, without the actual singing. Performers, good and bad, are encouraged to lip-sync and choreograph dances to their favorite songs, making this event an unforgettable, awkward-fun time.
Spirit Parade & Yell Like Hell: Tuesday Oct. 23
Between 6-7 pm Tuesday, the UW Marching Band, the Spirit Squad and of course, Bucky will parade across campus spreading Badger pride. The Spirit Parade starts at the Nat and ends at Union South, with stops including the residence hall cafeterias. Join and parade and head to the big Yell like Hell event, which starts at 7:30 pm. To participate in Yell Like Hell, grab a group of friends, pick a song and change the lyrics to incorporate this year’s homecoming theme. Just imagine — you could be the next Teach Me How to Bucky!
Badger Games: Wednesday Oct. 24, 9-11 pm at the McClain Center
If you treated your high school’s pep assembly like it was the Hunger Games, give the Badger Games a try. Although they’re slightly less cut-throat than the Hunger Games, this years event features Tug of War, Dizzy Izzy and two brand new games.
Homecoming Parade: Friday Oct. 26, 6pm
This event is a favorite among students and Alumni and is one you won’t want to miss! The parade features student orgs, the Greeks and tons of Wisconsin traditions led by the UW Marching Band and Spirit Squad. This is the perfect excuse to channel your inner child and scream for free candy like you used to do. The parade starts on Gilman St. at 6pm and makes it’s way down State.
Homecoming Celebration: Friday Oct 26, the Terrace
After the parade, head to everyone’s favorite place, the Terrace, where the celebrations will continue. Enjoy live music all night and free root beer floats starting at 7pm. Once the sun goes down, fireworks will be launched at 8pm and a performance by the UW Alumni Band will begin shortly after.
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