IU officials are replacing the traditional homecoming parade with other activities. With no parade on Friday night, IU fans will have to wait and hear the Marching Hundred on game day this year.
Executive Director Alumni Association J.T. Forbes says the University wants to try something different in order to be more inclusive for a wider range of people in the community.
“We have a lot going on that evening with different school based activities,” Forbes says. “We wanted to create space and try something new that might be a little more family friendly and also give people an alternative.”
There will be a pep rally and concert in Dunn Meadow on Friday evening.
Director of Athletic Bands Dave Woodley says in his 20 years at IU, there has been a parade almost every year unless it has rained.
“Most homecomings, there are just certain milestones that you know you’re gonna have, so it’s a little bit different,” he says. “We just haven’t planned on this before.”
Woodley says the band is using the additional time to prepare for their performance on Saturday.
“This year we’re going to have a full rehearsal on Friday,” he says. “So as much as I hate to see the parade go we are going to be gaining a rehearsal that we’ve never had before.”
Woodley says administrators are assessing whether they will keep the same schedule for next year.