2019 CSU's Homecoming Parade has New Route
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The annual Colorado State University Homecoming Parade, set for Friday, Oct. 4, has a new route that should make traffic flow significantly easier before, during and after the event.
The 2019 parade will start on campus near Canvas Stadium, wind through campus toward the Oval, then exit west onto Laurel Street for five blocks before finishing at Meridian Avenue.
In addition, with the parade starting on campus, residential parking areas will see less impact from parade staging. In the past, several blocks surrounding the parade starting point had to be closed off and cars moved from streets to accommodate the 80 or so floats and community and campus organizations setting up for the parade.
The following city streets will be closed at 4 p.m. for the parade:
- Laurel between College Avenue on the east and Washington Avenue on the west.
- Whitcomb Street between Prospect Avenue on the south and Lake Street on the north.
The 2019 parade, with a theme of “Proud to Be 150” in honor of CSU’s sesquicentennial, begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends around 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public for viewing, as is Festival on the Oval. The festival, which begins at 3 p.m., includes inflatables and other activities for kids, food trucks and a beer garden.
Public parking for the parade is available at the South College Avenue Garage (corner of Pitkin Street and College). Otherwise, parade attendees are strongly encouraged to utilize the MAX, walk or bike to campus to view the parade and other festivities.