From left to right Hannah Moore, Maggie Kilrea and Emily Hamilton of Phi Chi Omega cheered their way through the University of Colorado Homecoming Parade
From left to right Hannah Moore, Maggie Kilrea and Emily Hamilton of Phi Chi Omega cheered their way through the University of Colorado Homecoming Parade on 13th Street. Paul Aiken/Colorado Daily ( Paul Aiken )
Homecoming weekend

What: Homecoming parade

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.

Where: 13th Street and Pennsylvania Ave

For more: cusg.colorado.edu

The University of Colorado is moving its annual homecoming parade back to University Hill after last year's floatless parade on Pearl Street drew less students.

Brianna Majewski, CU's director of homecoming, said her goal is to make this year's celebration more student-friendly, and changing the parade's location and time were the first steps in the right direction.

Last year, students were not able to have floats due to restrictions on motorized vehicles on Pearl Street. This year, Majewski said traditional floats will be allowed, encouraging participants to be more creative with their parade entries.

Typically, the homecoming parade is held on the Friday evening before the football game, but this year Majewski said the parade is slated to start on the Hill at 9 a.m. on game day, Nov. 3, and end near CU's Farrand Field.

"We want to make (gameday) feel a little different this year since it's usually not any different from other games," Majewski said. "CU's never really had a huge homecoming so we're really trying to start a tradition."

The homecoming theme this year is "Going for the Gold" and the Buffs football team will face Pac-12 rival Stanford at Folsom Stadium.

The homecoming concert, which was held on Sunday last year, will be held on Thursday night, Nov. 1 to cater more to students, Majewski said. While she did not reveal the talent, she said the genre will be hip hop and rap, creating a high-energy vibe and getting students "pumped for the weekend."

CU's sororities and Boulder's fraternities will elect a homecoming king and queen this year, which they didn't do last year.

Majewski said she is trying to get a few other events organized on campus throughout the week, but a lack of enthusiasm around homecoming has made it difficult to get participants on board.

"It's just not that big of a deal around here and we want to make it a tradition," Majewski said, "something we can be proud of."

The Alumni Association is launching a new homecoming campaign called Back to Boulder that will add to the tradition and excitement of the weekend, said associate director Allyson Frusciano.

The annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, which is typically held around commencement, will kick off the long weekend, followed by free auditing classes, campus tours, organization reunions and Ralphie's Corral celebration before the game.

"We want it to be a tradition, a point of pride, when alumni can come back to Boulder and find so much going on," Frusciano said. "It's about reconnecting or staying connected to CU Boulder."