FSU Alumni Association

2023 Homecoming Parade Participant FAQs

General Information:

  • The 2023 Homecoming Parade is on Friday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Parade staging is in the Civic Center Parking lot located at 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • The roads along the route close at 1:40 p.m. for the parade, including portions of Madison Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, College Avenue, Copeland Street and Jefferson Street.
    • Alumni, parents and friends should consider this when planning to view the parade.
  • The parade route ends along College Ave., heading towards Westcott.

Parade Entries:

  • Parade participant application opens 9/8 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Parade participant application closes on 9/29 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • There are three main ways to participate in the FSU Homecoming Parade as an entrant: float, vehicle and walkers.
    • Float: Typical parade floats, usually built on a trailer and pulled by a truck. All float entries will be checked by FSU Health and Safety before being cleared to leave the staging lot. Please see the list of rules and regulations when constructing your float.
    • Vehicle: Vehicle participants are parade entries that include the use of a car, truck, convertible, golf cart or other vehicle.
      • There is no limit to the number of vehicles per entry, however, adjustments may be requested based on parade length.
      • Entries are responsible for securing their own vehicles.
      • Floats and vehicles are subject to additional safety regulations—all floats must pass an FSU Health and Safety inspection the morning of the parade. All vehicles must be cleared and have the appropriate level of gas before joining the parade.
      • Driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
    • Walkers: A group of walkers may enter the parade to represent a group or organization. Walkers do not have a vehicle or float as part of their entry but must adhere to all parade rules as outlined i.e., no throwing objects.
  • All entries are required to check in at the civic center parking lot on the morning of October 20 at the time provided by the Alumni Association.
  • Entries will have staggered arrival times based on the parade lineup and should arrive promptly.
    • An email indicating your specific arrival time will be sent at the beginning of Homecoming Week to your point of contact.
  • Entries will be provided a laminated sign indicating their affiliation.

Permitted Parade Entries

      • FSU entities – recognized student organizations, departments, colleges, etc.
      • Not-for-profits
      • FSU corporate sponsors
      • Other pageant royalty – often Seminole Princesses, local pageant royalty
      • Middle/High School bands
      • Children’s groups (e.g., twirlers, dance teams, ROTC)
      • FSU Alumni Association sponsors
      • Elected officials currently holding public office
      • FSU alumni

Rules for politicians and elected officials entering the parade:

      • There is absolutely no campaigning of any kind allowed in the parade.
      • To be eligible, politicians and/or elected officials must either be a graduate of Florida State University and/or currently hold office in Tallahassee and/or Leon County.
      • Participants are responsible for securing their own vehicle(s).
      • Participants must follow all other guidelines as outlined in the FSU Homecoming Parade Rules and Regulations.

Mandatory Interest Meeting:

    • All interested individuals and organizations will be required to attend a mandatory informational meeting to learn more about the rules and regulations set forth by FSU Health and Safety as well as ask any questions surrounding their entry or the parade in general.
    • Meetings will be held via Zoom and can be registered using the information below:

General Rules and Reminders:

  1. The Civic Center lot is for staging only and MAY NOT be used as a drop off for participants.
  2. Political campaigning of any kind is prohibited.
  3. Entrants may not stop at any point in the parade. This includes “performing” for the judges’ station.
  4. No items may be thrown or handed out during the parade. This includes candy.
  5. No drugs or alcohol are permitted. Violators will be disqualified from the parade.
  6. Entries are to be in good taste and free from obscenities or slurs. Parade organizers reserve the right to exclude any entrant that does not comply.

Parade Route

A black and white map with a red dotted line showing the parade route along W. Madison Street, S. MLK Boulevard, W. College Avenue, and Copeland Street