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Then and Now

Then: The first UA Homecoming Parade, with plenty of student-built floats among the celebrants, processed around the newly dedicated Arizona Stadium in 1929. The parade moved to downtown Tucson in 1949 and back to the UA campus in the 1960s, where it has remained ever since.

Now: One of the nation’s largest homecoming processions, the parade is also a major Tucson event, drawing thousands of fans and families from the larger community. The route circles the UA Mall, with the UA marching band leading the way. These days, the floats are quite elaborate and high-tech, and the UA’s engineering fraternity, Theta Tau, often wins honors for ingenious constructions, such as a working stagecoach, train, or V-22 Osprey with tilting wings.