By Jillian Baker
The Founders’ Week celebration continued with the Sesquicentennial Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. It was KU’s first parade in decades and was much larger than the Bicentennial parade.
According to a press release from KU, there were 68 units involved in the parade, which started near the fairgrounds and continued to the top of Main Street by Bones Pizza, and then traveled through the borough of Kutztown.
The parade route passed by Greenwich Street, West Walnut Street and Whiteoak Street near Wells Fargo, and then back to the east entrance of the fairgrounds.
Many KU sports teams and clubs were involved during the parade to celebrate KU’s 150th year. The marching band proudly played KU’s fight song as the dance team performed next in line. Avalanche and other mascots joined the parade. The KU cheerleading team chanted down Main Street and cheered to the crowds. KU alumni, students and community members gathered on the streets in folding chairs to watch the celebration
Alexis Haviland, a junior communications major, said she wanted to see the parade because of her family ties to KU. Her father, Paul Haviland, was a football player at KU during his time as a student. She said, “It is important as a student to be involved with KU and take part in the events they do for us. Celebrating the sesquicentennial has been a lot of fun this week.”
The parade was followed by the Golden Bear football team’s home opener against Mercyhurst at University Field in Andre Reed Stadium. Kick-off was at 5:05 pm with the Post-Game Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by PSECU. Avalanche was crowned as the defending State System Mascot Madness Champion at half time.