Auburn University homecoming events begin Sept. 30

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Auburn University will host several homecoming events beginning Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2. Events are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Government Association, the Office of Parent and Family Programs, the Office of Alumni Affairs, the Auburn Downtown Merchants and the City of Auburn.

"We are excited for the opportunity to bring students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, fans and the community together for activities during homecoming weekend," said Lady Cox, assistant vice president for engagement and outreach in the Division of Student Affairs.

Homecoming weekend coincides with the Office of Parent and Family Program's Fall Family Weekend. This event features many activities for visiting families of students.

A homecoming parade will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Auburn. The parade will follow a route beginning on the corner of Thach Avenue and South College Street, proceeding through downtown Auburn and ending on Thach Avenue by the library. The parade will feature floats competing in the Omicron Delta Kappa Float Competition. Candidates for Miss Homecoming, the Auburn University Marching Band, Tiger Paws, Miss Auburn, Miss Auburn University, Aubie, the cheerleaders and other local groups will also participate. A pep rally will follow in the Gay Street Municipal Parking Lot.

The homecoming concert, sponsored by the University Program Council and the Office of Alumni Affairs, will be held immediately following the pep rally. The concert will feature Echosmith, best known for their double platinum hit song "Cool Kids," with White Tie Rock Ensemble opening the show.

The director of the Auburn University Aviation Center and Airport will be the speaker for the This is Auburn Speaker Series Friday, Sept. 30. Bill Hutto, a two-time Auburn graduate, will present "Auburn Aviation: A Rich History and a Bright Future" at 3 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center.

Gameday festivities include the Auburn Hospitality Tailgate, hosted by the Auburn Alumni Association in the Auburn Alumni Center three hours prior to kickoff.

The weekend will conclude with the Brunch and Browse, featuring various eateries and shops in Downtown Auburn, on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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