WACO, Texas — KCEN Channel 6 on Saturday presented the 109th anniversary Baylor Homecoming Parade.
One of the oldest and largest collegiate homecoming parades in the nation marched through the streets of Waco.
The Baylor Homecoming Parade began at Eighth Street and Austin Avenue in downtown Waco and traveled down Austin to Fourth Street. It progressed down Fourth and under the I-35 overpass, where it turned right on Dutton Avenue and then left on Fifth Street. The parade then entered the Baylor campus.
This year’s parade featured nearly 200 entries, including 10 elaborately designed floats, 11 balloons, university and community dignitaries, marching bands and musical acts, and campus and community organizations. The balloons included three new entries featuring Sailor Bear, Baylor Set and Ronald McDonald House, the philanthropy of Alpha Delta Pi.
This year’s grand marshals of the Baylor Homecoming Parade were 1971 graduates Bill and Pat Carlton of Little Rock, Arkansas, and 1980 graduates Dan and Jenni Hord of Midland. The Carltons and the Hords joined 1980 graduates Mark and Jennifer McCollum of Houston as co-chairs of the national campaign steering committee of Give Light, the University’s comprehensive philanthropy campaign.
Also riding in the parade was Baylor President Dr. Linda A. Livingstone, who was joined by First Gent Brad Livingstone.
Following the parade, the Baylor Bears hosted Oklahoma State in McLane Stadium.