Legends of the Mean Green : Homecoming Parade

Students, student organizations, faculty, alumni, and community members showcase UNT spirit and pride by creating floats and marching in the University of North Texas Homecoming Parade which occurs the morning of the Homecoming game each year.  The origins of the tradition however had nothing to do with football.   Homecoming had been traditionally linked to commencement activities in the Spring since the earliest days of the college, with the annual freshman parade becoming part of the festivities in 1927.  It was not until the mid-1930s that Homecoming shifted to the Fall and became part of the football tradition.  The freshman parade soon morphed into the Homecoming Parade as upper classmen and alumni began joining the procession.  Although the parade route has varied over the years, the parade usually begins on campus and loops around the square of downtown Denton.       

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October 23, 1954

Photograph of the North Texas Homecoming parade near the Denton square featuring the Homecoming Queen, Lee Dougherty, and her court.

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A float in the shape of a pumpkin travels in the procession in this photograph of the 1958 Homecoming parade.

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October 20, 1961

Photograph of a float with two members of the homecoming court in the 1961 North Texas Homecoming parade as it passes through downtown Denton.

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Photograph of the North Texas marching band in the 1983 North Texas Homecoming parade.

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Photograph of a sailboat float in the 1987 North Texas Homecoming parade.

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October 10, 1992

Photograph of fraternity and sorority members on a float in the North Texas Homecoming parade, 1992.