MSU celebrates 100 years

Even with the brisk autumn chill in the morning air, it was still a near-perfect day to hold a parade. That’s just what Minot State University did on Saturday morning in honor of homecoming.

The MSU Centennial Celebration Homecoming Parade started downtown at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, traveled east to Main Street, north to Central Avenue, west to Broadway, north over the viaduct to 11th Avenue and west to its ending destination in the Minot State University Dome parking lot.

Floats decorated in bright red and green, marching bands, clubs and organizations from MSU, sports teams and community organizations all comprised the parade. Parade participants tossed handfuls of candy to the eager and excited children watching on the sidelines, while adults possibly reminisced about their college glory days as various floats rolled past or they just enjoyed the scenery and jubilant atmosphere.

Before the parade started, kids were full of anticipation as they waited along the parade route for the first float. As the thundering drumbeat of the MSU Marching Band sounded in the distance and they marched down Broadway, a young boy said to his younger brother, “Here they come! Hear that?”

This year’s theme for the parade was “Then, Now, Always” and many of the floats displayed huge number 100s in honor of the university’s centennial. The grand marshals for the parade were MSU president David Fuller and his wife Nancy, while the Homecoming King was Gary Heitkamp and Tiffany Jaeger, the Homecoming Queen.

The MSU Broadcasting Club dressed in futuristic costumes, pretending they were back from the future. One of the members walked along behind the float and said through a bullhorn, “We are the broadcasting club from the future. We come in peace.”

Bringing up the end of the parade were horses from the Y’s Men’s Indoor Rodeo, followed by a few Minot Police Department patrol cars signaling the end of the event. After the parade, a tailgating party and the Homecoming football game were held at Herb Parker Stadium.