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Sherri Richards, Published October 04 2009

Bison pride on parade

A little drizzle and overcast skies didn’t dampen student spirit during the North Dakota State University homecoming parade Saturday morning.

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

Several student organizations crafted elaborate pirate ship floats to fit this year’s theme. They included 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 wearing shiny green capes, yellow dresses and green-rimmed sunglasses.

“We decided to make the capes last year,” Hagemeyer said.

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

Their outfits also included snow boots, to shield against temperatures in the mid-40s.

Gloves, hoods and umbrellas were common sights among spectators. Some people who lived along the route watched from their windows instead 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 husband, Dan’s father, and a retired Gold Star Band director, in the parade.

Gen said it was unfortunate 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 different town, and campus, especially.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556