Students traveled from across the country to witness the traditions Oklahoma State’s Homecoming has to offer, like the Sea of Orange Parade.
Last year, OSU’s America’s Greatest Homecoming was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Homecoming returned and the OSU community celebrated it’s centennial year.
Chase Parker, junior at OSU, said the parade gave a new energy this year compared to years past.
“COVID kinda gave a new meaning to Homecoming,” Parker said. “Coming out of the pandemic, it is refreshing to see what pre-pandemic life was like.”
The parade featured individuals like Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU president, as well as Gov. Kevin Stitt. The parade also included Stillwater locals, which gave students the opportunity to learn more about the parade and its traditions. Brody McCullough, OSU junior, said he has a new appreciation for the parade.
“It’s really cool to see how the parade wasn’t just focused around OSU, but it brought together all of Stillwater,” McCullough said. “Especially the governor, that was awesome to see.”
This year’s 100-year celebration parade also gave students who have never been involved in Homecoming the opportunity to dive into the celebration. The parade was no exception, either. Students from all across the country came together to build everything from float decorations to decorating dorm buildings.
Haylee Wiggs, sophomore at OSU, said she felt like this parade offered something special compared to other years.
“I’ve been to the parade many times when I was little, but there was something different about it this year,” Wiggs said. “Being a student, especially during the 100-year celebration was something that you can’t really describe; the energy was so different than other years.”
Although students were in attendance at the parade, they were not the only ones. Crowds lined the streets to see what the centennial celebration offered.