Saturday, September 23rd – 9:30 AM start
Prior registration is not needed; all entries will be placed in order as arrived, so the earlier arrival, the closer to the front. All entries need to be in the designated location below by 9:00 AM, because all entries (excluding bands) will be judged at that time!
The parade route is from 10th & Main Street to 4th & Main Street (heads north toward Dawes County Courthouse). Please either head east or west on 4th street at the end of route
Entries will be announced in front of the Dawes County Courthouse. All entries will receive one (1) note card upon arrival to write down organization name, description of floats, etc. Each entry will be responsible to hand-off to a designated runner for announcement at the Dawes County Courthouse.
The 2017 Homecoming Parade Marshal is Craig Conway, a 17-year employee of Chadron State College. Conway’s wife, Joleen, and daughter, Gillian, will join him on the parade route. During his life, Conway has been diagnosed with rare cancers five times and since the fall of 2011, Conway has had three surgeries, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a combined seven-plus weeks of radiation – all several hundred miles from home. During that time, Conway has maintained his positive attitude as he continues to battle the illness while becoming a beacon of perseverance for others with cancer, as well as the college and community.
Float/Vehicle Entries – line up on the north side of EAST 12th STREET (face west to pull onto Main St). Please leave enough room on 12th street for traffic to get through.
Bands – will line-up on the south side of WEST 12th STREET (face east to pull onto Main St). Please leave enough room on 12th street for traffic to get through.
Horse Entries – line-up on the west side of the NPAC (Nelson Physical Activities Center). Please leave enough room for traffic to get through to the back of the NPAC. Please park horse trailers in the Softball Parking Lots, north of Burkhiser (southeast corner of campus).
The Chadron City Council has authorized a rule for parade sponsors to preclude the activity of throwing candy from parade vehicles and horses. If you wish to distribute candy or other items, please have someone walking beside your entry doing so.