Red, White and WKU patriotic Homecoming Parade attracts students, alumni

The ladies of Omega Phi Alpha stand and cheer along Ave. of Champions during the Homecoming parade Friday.

Sarah Stukenborg

Fraternity and sorority members marched through the streets showing their American pride for the Red, White and WKU themed homecoming parade on Friday.

Each sorority and fraternity have been working since Sunday with their pairings, spending hours balling tissue paper in order to decorate their floats.

Louisville junior Connor Stoltz, a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, said he went to the float site every day in order to make the float look good.

“We wanted to work as hard as we could to get first place,” Stoltz said.

The parade started at Avenue of Champions on campus and continued to downtown square. Big Red, the Statue of Liberty, the White House and Uncle Sam could be seen atop various floats and red white and blue balloons covered the square.

As a DJ blasted music, all the fraternities and sororities chanted “T-O-P-S, tops, tops, tops” for Big Red’s Roar. President Gary Ransdell and WKU’s head football coach Willie Taggart took the stand to get everyone excited for the homecoming game against Louisiana Monroe.

Pikeville junior Lynlee Jackson, member of Chi Omega fraternity, said her favorite part of the day is Big Red’s Roar.

“I love Big Red’s Roar because I love all the Greeks getting together and yelling and hearing the support for their organizations and WKU,” Jackson said. “We had different committees work so hard on making our banner the best it could be and to prepare us to be the loudest at Big Red’s Roar.”

Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity’s float came out on top this year, winning first place.

Corbin junior Jenna Parton, member of Alpha Omicron Pi, was excited about the win.

“It feels so good because we spent so much time and effort on it and it all paid off,” Parton said.