Nothing brings a community together like Tarleton State University’s Homecoming Parade.

Expect floats, marching bands, horseback riders and vintage cars, along with a nod to Tarleton’s past as the university welcomes former students back to campus.

The parade — following the Homecoming 2018 theme Back to Our Roots — takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with a new route.

The route begins at the corner of Harbin and Washington streets near the university baseball and softball complex, continues east on Washington past the Tarleton campus, turns left on McIlhaney Street and ends at Vanderbilt Street. This year’s route does not take in Memorial Stadium along Harbin Drive.

The announcer’s stand will be located on McIlhaney Street in front of the Tarleton Alumni Association headquarters across from Heritage Park and the east rock gates.

Deadline to participate in the parade is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. No walk-ups will be accepted on parade day. To register, go to or pick up an entry form in Room 20 of the Barry B. Thompson Student Center.

A pre-parade meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Thompson Student Center will provide parade details and updates.

For more information, contact the Student Involvement Office at 254-968-9490

To view a 2018 Tarleton Homecoming schedule, go to