By DENISE DICK
A week of activities highlighting Penguin Pride wraps up Saturday with the annual Youngstown State University Homecoming Parade and football game.
Penguin Pride Planet Wide is the theme for this year’s Homecoming festivities.
The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Wood Street and head up Fifth Avenue to the service road outside Stambaugh Stadium. This marks the 73rd Homecoming celebration.
“I’m expecting 10 floats,” said Carrie Anderson, coordinator of programs and marketing, campus recreation and student programming.
Most of the floats are from student organizations, although a couple from campus offices and community organizations also plan to participate. Those floats won’t be part of the judging, however.
Trophies will be awarded for Most Spirited, Most Creative, Best Theme Oriented and Best Overall floats.
YSU’s Marching Pride, a city firetruck, two dance companies, a twirling group and the Aut Mori Grotto clowns also are among parade participants.
WKBN Channel 27 personality Greta Mittereder will be the emcee.
The Homecoming game against Western Illinois University kicks off at 4 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime. Five men and five women are in the running for the slots, and voting this year hit an all-time high.
“It’s the first year we’ve had online voting,” Anderson said. “There was more access for people to be able to vote.”
She said many of this year’s Homecoming activities, which included eating contests, giveaways and artists, saw high attendance.