While several big events will take place on the Texas Tech campus on Saturday, many homecoming festivities took place Friday night.
Hundreds gathered at the rugby fields to take part in the bonfire Friday, but many Red Raiders started getting rowdy hours earlier at the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Step Show in the Allen Theater.
In front of some 1,200 people, teams from across the country competed in the West Texas Step Showdown. "You have to see it for yourself it's an event that you really can't explain. It's an experience," said Tech junior Lauren Lisath.
Step Show Co-Chairman Antonio Reed says step dancing is rooted in West African tribal dance, which has since been modernized. "High tempo, energetic show. Syncopation, synchronized stepping, strutting, chanting as you hear in the back ground - things of that nature," said Reed.
This was the second annual step show and all funds raised Friday go toward minority Red Raider scholarships.
While many danced, the Saddle Tramps started preparing for Friday night's bonfire at 5 a.m. "We just start packing them (pallets) up on top of each other making sure they are all level, sturdy, and straight. Then we go till basically it reaches the top and then we have all our murals of basically the team we are going to play," said Cody Crea, TTU Bonfire Chair.
The mural of the Nebraska Cornhuskers went up in flames along with nearly 500 wooden pallets. Once the fire was lit, students, alumni, and Red Raider fans broke into the Texas Tech Fight Song along with the Goin' Band from Raiderland.
One Red Raider we spoke with said he made the trip from Austin to be a part of Friday's events. "Everybody comes out and supports. We've got cheerleaders, pom squads, Saddle Tramps, the whole deal," said Tech Alumni Matt Riggins.
The homecoming celebration continues bright and early Saturday with the annual parade starting at 9:30 a.m. The floats will line up at First Baptist Church on Broadway and the parade will travel through the Texas Tech campus ending at 18th and Indiana.
Then the Red Raiders kick off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 2 p.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium.
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2008 Texas Tech Homecoming Schedule of Events
Texas Tech University will celebrate Homecoming 2008 as the Red Raiders return to Jones AT&T Stadium Saturday to face the Nebraska University Cornhuskers.