Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally Tonight
Oct. 16, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 51st annual Homecoming parade will start at 5:30 p.m. tonight. IU football greats George Taliaferro and Anthony Thompson will serve as grand marshals.
Current Hoosiers Lawrence Barnett, David Blackwell, Ted Bolser, Dimitrius Carr, Charlie Chapman, Jamonne Chester, Javon Cornley, Pat McShane, Aaron Price and Colin Rodkey will join in the parade, which will travel west down Third Street then north on Indiana Avenue to the Sample Gates.
After the parade, everyone is invited to stay at the Sample Gates for a pep rally to cheer on the Hoosiers to a Homecoming victory over the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois. The pep rally will feature head coach Bill Lynch, football players, cheerleaders, the Marching Hundred and fireworks.
Keeping the Hoosier spirit going on gameday, there will be an IU Homecoming tailgate party and gameday pep rally, both held at Hoosier Village, adjacent to the DeVault Alumni Center. The tailgate runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features live music, food and gameday apparel and merchandise.
The cost to attend is $15 for adults, $6 for children (ages 12 and younger) and free for little Hoosiers (2 and younger). The gameday pep rally takes place at 5 p.m. on the Hoosier Village stage with the Marching Hundred Alumni Band, cheerleaders and IU personalities.
Indiana (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) welcomes Illinois (1-4, 0-3 Big Ten) to Bloomington for IU's 97th Homecoming. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. on Saturday and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. This is the Hoosiers' third Big Ten Network primetime showdown this season.
Craig Coshun will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Anthony Herron and sideline reporter Mike Hall. All games can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network and on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
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