Everything you need to know about UW-Madison Homecoming weekend


MADISON, Wis. — Homecoming celebrations will kick off what should be a festive weekend in Madison.

While UW-Madison has been hosting Homecoming events throughout the week, the celebrations kick into high gear on Friday.

This year’s Homecoming Parade will start at about 5:30 p.m. and is expected to run until 7 p.m. at State Street and Gilman Street, featuring all the bands, floats and other fun Badgers have come to know and love. With Homecoming falling on Halloween weekend this year, the theme of the parade will be “trick or treat,” with plenty of candy expected.

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After the end of the parade, you can join in on the Homecoming block party at Alumni Park on Langdon Street, next to the Memorial Union. The part will include things like a silent disco, live music from alumni DJ Saint Saunter and DJ Ace, stargazing from the Washburn Observatory, magic and puppet shows, caricature artists, and free hot apple cider and cocoa.

The party is scheduled to run until 9 p.m. Friday.

You can also attend the Homecoming pep rally at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Union Terrace, featuring for Badgers football star Montee Ball, Badgers women’s basketball coach Marisa Moseley, performances from the UW Marching Band and fireworks over Lake Mendota at 8:45 p.m.

The pep rally will also be streaming live on Facebook for those who can’t attend or choose to watch from the comfort of home.

Of course, it all leads up the the Homecoming game itself against Iowa, which is set to kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

You can find more information on all of this weekend’s Homecoming events on the UW Alumni Association’s website and the Wisconsin Homecoming Committee’s website.