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Sherri Richards, Published October 03 2009

Damp weather doesn't hamper NDSU homecoming parade

By Sherri Richards

srichards@forumcomm.com

A little drizzle and over-cast skies didn’t dampen student spirit during the North Dakota State Uni-versity Homecoming pa-rade Saturday morning.

The marching band danced its way south on University Drive. Thundar, NDSU’s mascot, rode in a white convertible. Mem-bers of the Association of Students from India painted their faces half gold and half green.

Several student organiza-tions crafted elaborate pirate ship floats to fit this year’s theme. They in-cluded slogans, such as “The Bison arrrgh our favorite.”

Justin McIntosh, an NDSU freshman, watched his first Homecoming parade with his girlfriend, Britney Bender of Bagley, Minn. “It’s cool to see all the students and how they get together,” he said.

Seniors Anna Hagemeyer and Amanda Smith showed their Bison pride by wear-ing shiny green capes, yellow dresses and green-rimmed sunglasses.

“We decided to make the capes last year,” Hage-meyer said.

“We just keep adding on. We love the Bison,” Smith added.

Their outfits also in-cluded snow boots, to shield against tempera-tures in the mid-40s.

Gloves, hoods and um-brellas were common sights among spectators. Some people who lived along the route watched from their windows in-stead of heading outside.

Stuart and Heidi Wedell of West Fargo brought daughters Erin, 5, and Ava, 3, to the parade.

“It’s just something we do every year. Usually it’s not this cold,” Heidi Wedell said, covered to her chest by a red blanket.

Dan Eidem came from Nashville for this year’s Homecoming. He and his mother, Gen Eidem, each wore green jackets and sported temporary Bison tattoos on their cheeks. They were waiting to see Orville Eidem, Gen’s hus-band, Dan’s father, and a retired Gold Star Band director, in the parade.

Gen said it was unfortu-nate the construction on 12th Avenue couldn’t have been completed before the Homecoming festivities, but Dan had a different take.

“I’m blown away by all the growth,” he said. “I haven’t been back in three years and it’s a whole dif-ferent town, and campus, especially.”