IU Southeast participates in Harvest Homecoming Parade


Parker Henes

The parade ended with a group photo. All of the people that attended for IU Southeast squeezed in together.

Parker Henes, Staff Reporter

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  • Gus the Grenadier finally getting to sit down after standing the whole parade. You can find Gus at at athletic events this season, supporting the Grenadiers.

  • The IU Southeast float took a spin on things, with the theme being based around the 1960’s. It won two prizes, one being the Commercial 1st prize. “I was very proud of the float,” Chancellor Wallace said.

  • The IU Southeast Basketball team took a break from their usual two a day practices to be a part of this parade. Following the walk, they practiced. Coach Wiley Brown said that walking in the parade was a good break from practicing.

  • Chancellor Ray Wallace, joined by his wife Susan Wallace, lead the front of the pack in the parade on Saturday. “It is great to see all the different departments support IU Southeast, especially in this freezing weather,” Chancellor Wallace said.

  • Gus the Grenadier waved as the IU Southeast float makes it to the end of the route. This year, all the IU Southeast Athletes joined him in the parade.

  • Leading the IU Southeast float was the IU Southeast pep band. They marched behind the Chancellor as they made their way down the route playing the IU fight song.

  • Representatives from all of IU Southeast sports programs walked in the parade. These IU Southeast baseball players huddled up as they closed the parade with their loud breaking of the huddle. This is this year’s IU Southeast baseball team this year.

  • The parade ended with a group photo. All of the people that attended for IU Southeast squeezed in together.

  • Chancellor Wallace and his wife pose with IU Southeast sophomore point guard Dee Stanton. “This is my first time in this parade,” Stanton said, “other than freezing throughout the whole thing, it was fun to walk with my teammates.”

  • Along with the parade, Harvest Homecoming is known for its food and rides. But there were other ways for the kids to have fun. The Tumble Bus made its way through the parade with kids on board.

  • The Clarksville Fire Department made an appearance to the parade on Saturday. They showed off on of their more unique trucks for this occasion.

  • Paul White kept the patrons of the parade smiling in between floats by shooting marshmallows across the street. “I love to keep the crowd entertained,” White said, “which helps me sells all these toys.”

  • The New Albany High School’s NJROTC program followed the program at Floyd Central. According to Master Gunnery Sergeant Ackerman, this year’s NJROTC class has about 100 students participating in the parade.

  • The man announcing the parade was New Albany High School’s very own Lee Kelly. This is Lee Kelly’s third year announcing the parade. Kelly runs the radio department for New Albany High School.

  • Local high schools, like Floyd Central and New Albany High School, had their NJROTC programs march in the parade. The Floyd Central NJROTC program has been in every Harvest Homecoming Parade.

  • Kaleb Means followed the Center for Women and Families kick line with the flag of the organization. “I loved being in the parade,” Means said. “It is a big part of what New Albany is about.”

  • Now there was fighting, but from the fencing studio in New Albany. They marched in the parade in a different way while they fought some of their teammates.

  • Judy Kingston danced the entire time to the music that the Center for Women and Families float played during the parade.. Her favorite move was the old school kick line.

  • When the parade was over, the traffic from the parade hit downtown New Albany. Most of the streets were blocked off because of the parade.

  • When the parade ended, the local businesses cleaned up their stations. Robert Jones put away a table he used to sell popcorn to attendees.

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IU Southeast and other local businesses walked the streets of downtown New Albany to kick off the Harvest Homecoming festivities on Saturday.

The parade started at 12 p.m. on Vincennes Street, in front of New Albany High School. The parade then headed south onto Spring Street with the final stop being W. Spring Street.

The theme for this year’s parade was “Hot Rods of New Albany,” so most floats were centered around cars.

The parade was broadcast on the local radio station 88.1 WNAS. Concessions were available to buy along the parade route by various churches and civic organizations.

Leading this year’s float was Chancellor Ray Wallace, who was driven around in a new 2015 red Corvette.

“It was nice to see all these people come out and support us in the cold,” Chancellor Ray Wallace said.

Representatives from the IUS athletic department brought up the rear. Senior center for the IUS men’s basketball team Jordan Thompson said that he has walked in this parade eight years straight.

“In high school we walked in the parade for sports,” Thompson said. “This one has to be one of the coldest in the history of the parade.”

Harvest Homecoming will be going on all next week with various activities to participate in and enjoy in downtown New Albany. The craft and food booths begin on Thursday Oct. 8 and end the following Sunday, Oct. 12.