Homecoming queen from 1965 to illuminate Thursday parade

Go Huskies!Huskies are ready to “Light the Way” at the 2015 NIU Northern Lights Homecoming parade at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Huskie Stadium, students are honoring the 1965 theme of “Northern Lights the Way” for this year’s parade theme: “Huskies Light the Way.”

Community members, students and alumni are invited to join in the fun and watch this first-ever “light-up” parade.

Spectators will enjoy more than 50 entries decorated with lights, including the NIU Marching Band, the DeKalb High School cheerleaders, Proudly DeKalb and 1965 Homecoming Queen Sue Corrao along with newly crowned members of the 2015 Homecoming Court who will vie for votes Wednesday.

Entries will hand out treats generously provided by Nestle.

Spectators are encouraged to join in the fun and wear light-up and glow items as well. Downtown business owners will offer special Homecoming discounts to encourage before- and after-parade patrons to shop downtown DeKalb.

The parade route will begin at the NIU Visual Arts Building on Castle Drive and proceed on Locust and then into the downtown via Lincoln Highway ending at the City of DeKalb Haish Parking Lot located at Third and Oak streets. Spectators also are invited to help judge entries via a special text-in voting mechanism that will be displayed throughout the parade.

For more information, call (815) 753-1421 or email studentinvolvement@niu.edu.

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