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Truth be told, Homecoming never gets old. If I could do homecoming as a student forever, I’d be perfectly content. Back up. If I could experience Baylor homecoming as a freshman forever, I’d be perfectly content. Baylor Homecoming is something special, something that unites the past with the present. Full of traditions dating back to 1909, each year’s homecoming celebration allows the current generation of Baylor Bears to appreciate the joys of the past. Here’s a quick synopsis of what to expect about the greatest Homecoming celebration in the world.
Pigskin Revue happens for the weekend of Homecoming, where the top SING acts from the previous semester come back once more to grace us with their undeniable talent. Here’s your chance! If you didn’t get to see SING in February, be quick to snag a ticket to see the best of the best. Alumni from all over come back to see their Greek organization kill it in the Nation’s best off- Broadway performance.
On the night before the Homecoming parade and football game, Fountain Mall is covered with students, Alumni, and future Baylor Bears. Joining them is a giant stage, cheerleaders, football players, pure musical talent, a fireworks display, and a large bonfire (which I’ll touch on in a second). Epic is one word to describe it, but also a simple Sic ‘em will suffice.
As a freshman, you play a vital role in making Baylor Homecoming unforgettable. It is your job to build the bonfire that is quite literally, lit, the night before the homecoming parade and football game. Alumni and students from all over come to witness the raging fire that is illuminating Fountain Mall.
The Homecoming Parade is one of the most unique experiences you will have. Starting in downtown Waco, the Parade full of student – made floats will make its way all the way down 5th street, making it the largest homecoming parade in the country. Also not to brag, but Baylor DOES have the oldest homecoming parade in the United States. Don’t believe me? Ask the Smithsonian! Anyways, what’s not to love about parades? Free candy is always a bonus & you can root on your favorite organization and your Homecoming Queen – elect.
The Homecoming football game is a sight to behold. We “Stripe McLane”, (aka each section is assigned either yellow or green making us look like a Sic ‘em scarf), which looks like something straight out of a coloring book, that is, if you can color inside of the lines at least. McLane is packed with 45,000 people, and running the Baylor line with 3,000 of your closest friends makes for a great snapchat video. Plus, who doesn’t love those super flattering yellow line jerseys?
There's no place like Homecoming. Sic'Em.