“Join the Chorus” at Purdue Homecoming

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“Hail Purdue” turns 100 this year, inspiring the Homecoming theme “Join the Chorus”, where live music and dance will highlight the festivities.

Kick off your Homecoming weekend on Friday afternoon, October 12, from 1pm-5pm at the Dauch Alumni Center to pick up some free spirit items, along with fresh popped popcorn. Spirit items and popcorn will also be available at the Dauch Alumni Center on Saturday, October 13, from 9am-kickoff.

Catch the Boilermaker Special for a free ride around campus between 1pm-4pm. Pick-up and drop-off are on the west side of STEW, approximately every 15 minutes. All rides are weather-permitting.

At 5:45pm, the Boilermakers football team will take their traditional Boiler Bridge Walk, starting on the campus side of the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge and into downtown Lafayette.

Purdue Homecoming on Stadium Mall. Photo courtesy of purdueevents.smugmug.com.

The 2012 Homecoming Boiler Night Train Parade will step off at 7:30pm at the corner of Northwestern and Columbia, ending at Mackey Arena at approximately 8:30pm, culminating in a Homecoming pep rally with the All-American Marching Band, Purdue Cheerleaders, Coach Hope and the Football team! After the Homecoming King and Queen are announced, stick around inside Mackey Arena for the Tip-off Before Kickoff to celebrate the official start of basketball season. All are welcome, and admission is free!

And there are choices on Friday evening–at 8pm the American Music Repertory Ensemble and the Lab Jazz Band will perform ever popular Irving Berlin tunes at the Loeb Playhouse. Admission is free.

On Saturday morning, from 9am-11:30am, enjoy the Family Friendly Homecoming Celebration on Stadium Mall, featuring food vendors, a presentation on the history of “Hail Purdue”, and stage performances from live musical and dance acts and the All-American Marching Band.

The 2012 Homecoming game kicks off on Saturday, October 13 at 12pm EST in Ross-Ade Stadium against the Wisconsin Badgers.



About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.