McNeese's homecoming parade features 117 floats, bands - and lots of candy

(Source: KPLC)
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(Source: McNeese State University)
(Source: McNeese State University)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The McNeese State University homecoming game is Saturday but the university has been celebrating all week with various activities.

A big one is the annual homecoming parade, which was held Thursday night.

Organizers said there were 117 entries this year - the theme was "Rowdy Wants You."

"I think I've dedicated like every hour I wasn't in school or studying to this float," said Leah Sims with Chi Omega.

Sims said their float came together in about a week - decorated exclusively with napkins - and a little glue.

For Aaron Myers and the Kappa Alpha float, he said, "To be honest with you, we all did this last night. We pulled a big all-nighter."

Their favorite part?

"Getting to see all the little kids; we got beads and candy for them. And just, representing McNeese as a whole," said Myers.

Sims added, "Seeing all the people excited about the float like we are."

Over on Ryan Street, law enforcement kicked off the parade, followed by loud cheers from the crowd.

Streets were lined with people hungry for one thing: Candy.

Each uniquely decorated float rolled by, throwing out goodies to those down below.

There was plenty of music and performances by several high school bands.

Politics and various student organizations were represented; even Mayor Randy Roach made an appearance - he was this year's grand marshal.

Full of team spirit, it's clear this crowd always roots for their beloved Cowboys.

A pep rally and fireworks show followed the parade at Cowboy Stadium.

To see homecoming float winners, click HERE.

You can view additional events leading up to Saturday's homecoming game against Abilene Christian HERE.

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