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Homecoming parade protocols consider public health mitigation

September 30, 2020

Dakota State University’s Trojan Days parade is planned for Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Soaring Through the Decades.”

“It was really hard last year when we didn’t have the parade because of the flood,” said Mandy Parpart, director of student engagement and leadership.

“We know this is a great opportunity for Madison businesses, and a fun thing for the community, and we want to continue this tradition,” she stated. Given the current pandemic, Parpart also referenced the public health campaign “It’s About Community,” currently underway through efforts of DSU and several community entities. The campaign advocates for mitigation methods such as wearing masks in area businesses with slogans such as “Invest in some thread. Help stop the spread.”

Parpart said, “we’ll do whatever we can to make sure this a good experience for everyone in our communities.”

For those participating in the parade, or attending in person:

  • The parade will follow the traditional route on Egan Avenue, from South 4th Street to North 8th Parade spectators will be able to spread out throughout these blocks for social distancing.
  • Items such as candy or stickers may be given out, but those handing these items out will need to be masked and gloved. Spectators are free to decline the treats.
  • Entrants and parade participants are expected to respect social distancing, greeting each other with hand waves instead of handshakes.

For those not attending, KJAM and DSU are working together to livestream the parade. This will benefit residents in care facilities, or others who wish to watch the parade, but not be there in person. 

KJAM will also announce the parade on Jammin’ Country FM 103.1. This year’s announcers will be Peg Roehrich of KJAM, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jim Jacobsen.

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