Lamar University

Homecoming 2019


Homecoming Parade

The 2020 Homecoming Parade is the centerpiece of a fun day of live music, tailgating, family activities, and Cardinal football. Gather around the judges' viewing area on Lavaca Street, under the trees on the Plummer Lawn, or at Cardinal FanFest in the Montagne Center Parking Lot A-5 for great views of the passing parade.

This year's parade features:

  • Former LU Cheerleader and Homecoming Queen, Dr. Tamerla Chavis as Grand Marshal
  • The LU Marching Band, "The Showcase of Southeast Texas"
  • High school marching bands and auxiliaries
  • Homecoming Court contestants
  • LU Cheerleaders, Dance Team, and spirit groups
  • Creative floats and other entries by LU student organizations, alumni, and community members

Alumni are invited to join us at these events:


  • 10 am - 3 pm - "Big Red's Ride" Classic and Antique Car Show
  • 11 am - 3 pm - Art Extravaganza at Dishman Art Museum
  • 11 am - 3 pm - Homecoming FanFest
  • 11 am - 3 pm - Tailgating
  • Noon - 1 pm Homecoming Parade
  • 1:45 pm - Cardinal Walk in Lot A-5 at FanFest - Greet the players as they have their traditional walk
  • 2 pm - 4 pm - Alumni Tailgate Party
  • 3:40 pm - Showcase of Southeast Texas Pre-Game Show - Provost Umphrey Stadium
  • 4 pm - Kickoff - Lamar University vs. Northwestern State University


See the Spectator Parking Map for free public parking and the best spots to view the parade. The parade begins at the corner of Jimmy Simmons Boulevard and East Lavaca Street and travels:

  • East on E. Lavaca
  • South on the MLK feeder
  • Across the Virginia overpass
  • North on the MLK feeder
  • Ends at MLK and Lavaca

Enjoy Cardinal FanFest, Big Red's Ride Classic & Antique Car Show, and Art Extravaganza before and after the parade. Shuttle buses run between events. See Schedule of Events for more information.


Be in our Homecoming ParadeTake part in the LU homecoming parade

Show your Cardinal Spirit and join us in the Parade! Registration is now open for all:

  • LU Student Organizations
  • LU Offices and Departments
  • LU Alumni
  • Community groups

Build a float, decorate your truck, show off your vintage ride, or gather your group to show the world "We Are LU!"


maxine johnstonGame Day for Homecoming 2019 kicks off with the annual Parade, led this year by Grand Marshal Maxine Johnston.