News & Features, October 2019

BWE19: The parade is back

Homecoming is a safe place for all alumni to come back to their old school. The Blue and White Experience is where students network with alumni and where alumni reminisce.

One thing people look forward to on the Homecoming schedule is the parade. Saint Augustine’s University has faithfully had a Homecoming parade — until last year.

But this year the parade is back on. The people in charge of the parade are Ann Brown, dean of residential and campus life; Johnathan Guerra, director of student activities; and Reginald Towns, Early College liaison. They are collaborating to recreate the Homecoming parade and to make it bigger than ever.

The parade will take place on the streets surrounding the SAU campus on Saturday, Nov.2, starting at 10:30 a.m. It will last about an hour and a half.

Mr. Towns stated, “Although we didn’t have a parade last year we wanted to have one this year being that it is one of the biggest fall events that Saint Augustine’s has. We wanted to make sure that we put the work in to have the parade and to serve the community”

According to Mr. Towns, there are a lot of different things that you can look for in the parade. He said the planning included overall involvement from the SAU community, from the president of the university to students and community members.

All of the registered student organizations will be in the parade. The Masonic Lodge, a fraternal organization of black men, will also be involved. There will be horses, the university choir, and elected officials.

The event will be a huge comeback from having no parade for last year, organizers said.

“I’m looking forward to getting the community together and making it a safe and enjoyable parade for the Saint Augustine’s family,” said Guerra. “I know that this parade will cater to the community and students of SAU and local political and current officers of the community.”

For a complete list of Homecoming activities, click here.

— Breana Gambrell