TCU HOMECOMING 2015 Float Guidelines and Parade Handbook
for TCU Student Organiza;ons
This handbook is intended for TCU student organiza;ons intending to build or to enter a float into the 2015 Homecoming parade.
Important deadlines, safety policies, parade
rules, judging criteria, building instruc;ons, and other float resources are outlined.
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Important Dates 5 Theme 6-‐7 Float Pairings 8 Construc;on Timeline 9-‐17 Judging Criteria 18-‐19 Parade Rules and Safety 20-‐21 Route 22
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TCU HOMECOMING The first known TCU Homecoming football game was held in the 1920s. Since then, the University has celebrated homecoming for alumni and spirit events for current students through tradiDons such as a football game, recogniDon of outstanding seniors through Mr. & Ms.
TCU, and a parade around campus.
The role of TCU Student AcDviDes is to facilitate a safe event and to encourage student and community
involvement in the parade; however, the success of the parade solely depends on the students dedicated to
capturing the TCU spirit through their parade entries and support of this long-‐standing tradiDon.
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9/15 – Student Org Float Registra;on due @ Noon *This deadline is only for organizaDons entering a float into the parade.
Week of 9/28– Finishing touches and decora;ons 9/30 – Student Org Parade Entry form due @ Noon *This form is for all student organizaDons entering the parade.
Oct. 2 – Parade (check-‐in at 5:15; staging begins at 5:30pm).
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The TCU v. UT game is a tradi;onal Texas rivalry. The Horned Frogs first faced the Longhorns 118 years ago (the first game
was held in Waco in 1897). The theme of the 2015 Homecoming Parade is celebraIng TCU’s Texan
heritage in the heart of Cowtown – Where the West Begins!
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FLOAT THEME RULES
The float theme must be consistent with the values and policies of Texas Chris;an University. Inappropriate, vulgar, or derogatory behavior or content will result in disciplinary ac;on. TCU Student Ac;vi;es reserves the right to remove parade entries, par;cipants, or patrons if any ac;vity compromises the safety or well-‐being of any par;cipant or spectator.
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ORGANIZATION PAIRINGS TCU Student Ac;vi;es and TCU Fraternity and Sorority Life are not responsible for determining the Homecoming Parade pairings. Your organiza;on is responsible for crea;ng any desired partnership with another organiza;on. The same float rules and guidelines apply to paired organiza;ons. The number of walking members surrounding the float entry will s;ll be limited to 20 members, regardless of the amount of collabora;ng organiza;ons on the float.
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BUILD TIMELINE (suggested) Week of 8/24 – brainstorm theme and design Week of 8/31 – finalize design; make a plan for the build; locate a safe construc;on/storage site Week of 9/7 – gather materials and begin construc;ng the framework Week of 9/14 – finish framework and begin superstructure (anything above the float bed) Week of 9/21 – begin pomping (consider crea;ng teams to complete each sec;on to reduce overall workload) Week of 9/28 – complete pomping and add finishing decora;ve touches Friday, 10/2 – floats must be complete by 5pm
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FLOAT SUPPLIES Supplies you may need: • Wood • Glue or spray adhesive • Pomps (;ssue paper) • Trailer • Tools (hammer, nails, staple gun, etc.) • Chicken wire or corrugated cardboard • Wire cueers • Safety glasses • Ladder
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HOW TO BUILD A FLOAT 1. Brainstorm a float design – S;ck to the theme; be crea;ve; ;e in your organiza;on and
TCU pride 2. ConstrucIon – Iden;fy a place to build (needs to be dry and safe). – Gather your tools (such as hammers, staple guns, tape
measure, glue, etc.) – Build the framework (haywagons/trailers are most commonly
used for float beds) a. If you plan on having riders, you will need to ensure the floor
strength of the bed can accommodate the added weight of the riders b. Use the wagon bed and add structure (e.g. chickenwire) needed for
your design) – Check out YouTube for more ideas!
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HOW TO BUILD A FLOAT 3. Float Design – Pomping: pre-‐cut squares of colored ;ssue paper, usually 5”x 5” Method 1: Chicken Wire
– Chicken wire is tradi;onally used; can be cut with ;nsnips and molded over the wooden superstructure into flexible shapes; join chicken wire pieces with wire
– In large coverage areas, you can place a pomp in every other opening. For dense detail, use every hole.
– Working with a small area, spray the chicken wire lightly with spray adhesive or paint with glue. Then take a single pomp, form it quickly into a cone over the ;p of your index finger, and place into the wire.
– Consider distribu;ng chicken wire sec;ons to a work team to reduce the workload and pomping ;me. Each team can complete their own area and join the sec;ons together.
Method 2: Corrugated Cardboard (uses spray adhesive) – Spray a small sec;on of cardboard with spray adhesive – Form a cone over your index fingers with a single pomp and touch the point to the tacky