MSU Homecoming to be the best yet

Homecoming to kick off with a parade and end with a bingo.

Kaitlyn Jorgensen
Staff Writer

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been a beloved tradition by students and alumni since 1928. As always, the University is looking for ways to put an emphasis on community involvement, and we see this initiative reflected in this year’s featured event, the University’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming parade. 

For the first time since 1970, the homecoming parade will be held in Downtown Mankato, in honor of the University’s 150-year anniversary. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and we invite all community members as well as students and alumni to get in the spirit of things and come out to display their Maverick pride. 

The parade will begin on South Front Street at the corner of West Liberty Street. It will proceed through Downtown Mankato on South 2nd Street and then through Old Town on North Riverfront Drive for its final six blocks. The parade is expected to last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. 

The parade will feature more than 100 floats, an airplane flyover by Minnesota State Mankato aviation students in planes proudly displaying purple and gold, among other exciting entries include the Minnesota Vikings with the Vikings’ Skol Line and Minnesota Timberwolves with team mascot “Crunch.”

A variety of bands will be marching in the parade including the University’s own Maverick Machine, the Schell’s Hobo Band and the Mankato Garage Band. 

In addition to this exciting parade, more festivities will come earlier in the week with a concert from Fetty Wap featuring Silento. 

Fetty Wap, artist and songwriter best known for his hits “Trap Queen,” and “My Way,” will perform on the Summit and Jacob Heights stage on Friday, September 28t h 2018, at 7 p.m. in Myers Field House. Silento will open the show for Fetty Wap. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Student tickets have been sold out, but public general admission tickets are still available online for $30. You may also choose to purchase VIP pre-party tickets, which are $50 for students and public. The pre-party begins at 5:30 p.m. from the exclusive party perch overlooking Myers Fieldhouse.

The party package includes free food, beverages, signed merchandise, early access to the view for the best general admission spot, and a picture with Silento. This party is sponsored by Summit and Jacob Heights and hosted by Hot 96.7. 

Feature photo by Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter.

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