Sights and Sounds from the Texas Tech Homecoming Parade - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/11/03

Sights and Sounds from the Texas Tech Homecoming Parade

For Tech, the celebration of another victory started Saturday morning as dozens of colorful floats made their way through campus hoping to catch the judges' attention and rally school spirit.

The Goin' Band from Raiderland kicked off Saturday morning's homecoming parade. Raider fans of all ages watched dozens of entries put togehter roll by in a sea of red and black. Cheerleaders chanted and saddle tramps shouted in support of the team they love.

Even the reigning homecoming king and queen rode royally just hours after graciously accepting their new crowns.

"It's just a great honor to be recognizd like this and to represent Texas Tech, it's just a great university," says homecoming queen, Meredith Jumper.

"It's just very humbling. I know I can speak for the both of us, we just love this university and we really enjoy this," says Michael Hawkins, Tech homecoming king.

But the parade isn't just about school spirit, the judges are looking for the most impressive float.

"We used lumber and chicken wire and we stuffed tissue paper forever," says Tech student, Meredith Ford.

More than 100 Tech students with Zeta Tau Alpha and Kappa Sigma spent days working on a 50 foot float in celebration of Texas Tech's 80th anniversary.

"Our guys worked on it day in and day out, I mean they're here every hour they had, if they didn't have class they were working on it," says Tech student, Jay Taylor.

Judges say it will be tough to pick a winner.

"Most of them have put quite a bit of effort in it but some obviously gotta be better built and more creative than others," says float judge, Alden Roberts.

And win or lose students say the experience has brought them closer together as Red Raiders.

"It was a group effort. It was so much fun to do," says Ford.

This year floats were judged on four categories and there were more than 40 entries.

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