With a homecoming parade that snaked around campus yesterday, the Michigan Student Assembly sought to revive a long-dormant tradition.
The parade was part of an effort to boost school spirit in anticipation of Saturday’s Homecoming football game between Michigan and Purdue.
The University hadn’t had a Homecoming parade since 1996.
Yesterday afternoon’s parade, held on State Street, featured nine floats led by the marching band from Churchill High School in Livonia. The parade faced low turnout and dreary weather, including light rain.
Public Policy junior Jon Tap, who came to watch the parade, said he was excited to see students showing spirit despite the conditions.
“Our campus doesn’t do things like that,” he said. “This is the first step in the right direction. It may be a shaky step, but I still feel like it’s a good thing.”