The Homecoming Parade is an App State tradition involving student organizations, alumni, and community members.  The Homecoming Parade is open to the public and all University and community members are encouraged to attend.  Check out the MAP OF THE PARADE ROUTE for specific locations.  

Kazoo and Parade


Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 21, 2016
6-7 p.m.
Downtown Boone

The 2016 Appalachian State University Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. The parade will travel through the campus of ASU and along King Street in downtown Boone. The Town of Boone, Appalachian State University, and Watauga County are working together to ensure the safety of all guests, and to keep traffic disruption to a minimum. Visitors to downtown will be able to park in any of the Town of Boone public parking lots, or on King Street.  AFTER 5:00 p.m., guests may also park in the Human Services Center parking lot, which is just a short walk to the parade route, and downtown amenities. For optimal parking and parade viewing sights, please arrive in downtown no later than 5:15 p.m. Streets will close just prior to the parade step off at 6:00 p.m., all traffic lanes through downtown will remain open until that time. 


  • All floats must be parked at Peacock/Raley Hall Lot no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21st for judging.
  • Floats limited to pickup trucks or flat bed trailers.  According to NC Statue 20-123, “trailers must be attached to the towing unit by means of safety chains or cables which shall be of sufficient strength to hold the gross weight of the towed vehicle in the event the primary towing device fails or becomes disconnected while being operated.”
  • Maximum riders - limited to the number necessary to work the float properly, usually 10 or less.  Parade organizers will limit numbers.
  • No substance use - Floats will be checked before parade starts and during parade route.  Any members under the influence of alcohol/drugs will be barred from participation and their group will be disqualified from the parade and all homecoming contests and subject to disciplinary proceedings.
  • Each organization sets its own float expenditure level. (*Except University Funded Organizations which must complete the budget request form)
  • A $100 honorable mention prize will be awarded to all groups* who register by the deadline, arrive on time, successfully complete the parade, and meet the homecoming float guidelines. (*Except university funded organizations and groups who win prize money by placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each category.)
  • Up to $50 (in addition to the $100) will be reimbursed to each group that turns in their receipts for float supplies by October 9, 2015.  Receipts must be itemized and printed with company name or logo. Hand-written receipts must be accompanied by cash register receipts to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • No gasoline or diesel powered generators or other motors allowed on floats.
  • If music volume on floats drowns out surrounding Kazoo Bands the float will be disqualified.
  • No students may ride on a on a float any more than 3 feet from the bottom surface of the trailer.

Walking Groups

  • Student groups are encouraged to have walking groups in the parade. The walking group will walk in front of their float.
  • If the group does not have a float, the organization may still have a walking group.  However, the walking group is not eligible for participation funding.
  • If you have a walking group, you must have a banner which clearly identifies the organization. The banner made for the banner contest cannot be used. They are still hanging in the Plemmons Student Union at this time.

Float Judging Criteria:

Originality & Creativity 25%
Appearance 25%
Amount of Work Involved 25%
Spirit/Relation to Homecoming Theme



Club Categories Place Points Prize Money
Hall Councils, Fraternity/Sorority,
General Clubs, UFOs*
Participation 50 $100
  3rd Place 80 $125
  2nd Place 110 $150
  1st Place 150 $225

* Plus up to $50 reimbursed for float expenses for all Greek, Hall Council and Club groups, receipts required by October 9, 2015 in Club Hub (PSU 219).

**  No cash prizes for UFOs but float expenses covered by the Student Activity Fee.