By Kensey Henderson - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Bundled up Red Raider fans lined Broadway Avenue Saturday morning to surround themselves with Tech spirit and watch the homecoming parade.
A pep rally kicked-off homecoming week and there was an event every day including the traditional bonfire, homecoming float contest, and a parade. "It was awesome! I really liked coming out and seeing all the Tech spirit. So, this is my first parade to come to as an Alumni and it was really awesome," Annie Martin said.
The Goin' Band from Raider Land led the parade, followed by the Saddle Tramps, Masked Rider, and several floats. "It was smaller than the parades before but it was still exciting, and the floats where wonderful. We just really enjoyed it," Ellenburg said.
Homecoming began at Tech in 1957. The campus continues to build on the tradition each year, but some Alumni say their favorite part is still the game. "Probably getting together with family and enjoying the football game when those big Red Raiders win," Sylvia Gilmore Ellenburg said.
Tech spirit seems to run in the Alumni Syliva Gilmore Ellenburg's family. They have been coming to watch the parade since 1981. This year, she got to sit back and watch, but as a student she spent hours getting ready for homecoming. "(We) worked on the floats just like the kids did today. So there is a lot of effort that goes into it, but it's fun for the crowd and the kids," Ellenburg said.
After the parade, Ellenburg headed off to the game, hoping for a Red Raider victory.
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