Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


Oct. 18, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- For the first time in five years, Southern Methodist University’s Homecoming parade will take a new route. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, will line up on Daniel Avenue, travel south along Hillcrest Avenue, through the parking lot of Highland Park United Methodist Church and north along Bishop Boulevard, where it will circle once and end at Binkley Avenue.

The event is part of a weeklong celebration of Homecoming 2001, in which students work in shifts, 24-hours a day, with wood, crepe paper and chicken wire to build their floats. Fifteen student-built and -decorated floats will be among the 40-plus entries. The floats will be judged on originality and relevance to the overall SMU Homecoming 2001 student theme, “Oh, the Places We’ll Go.”

Parade entries will represent campus organizations, alumni and high school bands from the surrounding area. The local community is invited to watch the parade and catch candy thrown along the parade route. In addition, SMU students welcome the support and participation of Park Cities businesses that allow student organizations to paint windows along Hillcrest Avenue to show SMU spirit.

Grand marshals of this year's parade will be SMU 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Dallas advertising businessman George Reynolds of Dallas, class of 1957, and “Sugar Busters” diet book author, environmentalist and oil company executive Leighton Steward of Boerne, Texas, class of 1957 and 1960.

“This year’s parade will be the largest Homecoming parade in many years with the inclusion of special entries and a longer parade route,” said Michael Deen, assistant director of Student Activities. “It’s going to be a great year.”

SMU Homecoming is an annual event produced by the SMU Student Foundation and the SMU Office of Alumni Relations. For more information contact SMU Assistant Director of Student Activities Michael Deen at (214) 768-4434 or by e-mail at