Rams & Rambelles, get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras

ASU will continue to celebrate Homecoming with COVID-19 regulations enforced

By Mason Hightower
On October 22, 2020

Photo courtesy of:
Multicultural & Student Activities Programs

Homecoming is upon us, and it’s going to be a festival like no other! This year’s Homecoming theme is ASU Mardi Gras, so it’s sure to be a bead-wearing, beignet-eating, campus-wide masquerade ball. Students will be incorporating the costumes, the lights, the food and more into all of the festivities at ASU Homecoming 2020.

Homecoming King and Queen nominations were accepted until Friday, Oct. 9. The nominees were then introduced to the student body at Midnight Madness on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Preliminary voting will take place throughout this week, ending on Friday, Oct. 23. On Monday, Oct. 26, the King and Queen Presentation will be livestreamed to the student body, kicking off the final voting process which will continue through Thursday, Oct. 29. The finalists will also participate in the ASU Homecoming Parade in the morning on Saturday, Oct. 31. The winners will be announced at the Homecoming concert on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31. The access links for voting will be distributed via students’ ASU email accounts.

“It was an honor to be nominated and I’m looking forward to all of the Homecoming events this year,” said an anonymous Homecoming candidate. “Midnight Madness was really fun, and I was glad to see the ASU students come together for this tradition.”

The first competition of Homecoming Week will be the Spirit Board Decorating Contest. The blank plywood spirit boards will be provided to all participating organizations. They can have five members of their organization working on their board due to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks will also be required for the entirety of the event. The spirit boards will also be displayed on the campus mall throughout Homecoming Week. A $20 entry fee must be paid by Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. Groups in this contest will receive points for participation as well as first, second and third place.

The Dance Marathon Fundraiser will be held as a virtual event, with a Facebook Live unveiling of the fundraising total. Teams can register online and must have at least five members. The team can include anyone in ASU’s faculty, staff or student body. Team members will be required to pay $5 to join the team, but that money does go towards the group’s fundraising efforts. Groups will earn points for creating a team, the total number of team members and the amount of money raised.

The Dance and Chant Competition will hold a preliminary round on Wednesday, Oct. 28, where all teams will compete for a chance to participate in the finals. Finals will be held on Friday, Oct. 30. Both events will be at the Junell Center. Dance and Chant teams can have between 3 and 10 members and are expected to socially distance and wear masks for their entire performance. Judging criteria will be based on crowd enthusiasm, appearance, creativity, clarity, execution, showmanship and incorporation of Homecoming theme and ASU spirit. Groups will earn points for participation and for first, second and third place.

The final competition will be the Homecoming Parade. The morning of Saturday, Oct. 31, the parade will pass through the ASU campus, ending in the Junell Center parking lot. Five team members will be allowed on floats and 10 team members will be allowed to walk the parade route with their float. Social distancing and masks are required. Judging criteria will be based on most spirited, best use of theme, creativity and float symmetry. Groups will earn points for participation and for first, second and third place.

In the evening on Saturday, Oct. 31, there will be a Homecoming concert and fireworks show accompanied by the announcement of the 2020 Homecoming King and Queen. The fireworks show is looking to be one of the best ASU has ever had, according to an anonymous member of the Homecoming committee.

“Homecoming is one of my favorite traditions at ASU. It was always an exciting time as a student and some of my fondest memories involved Homecoming events,” said ASU’s Homecoming Coordinator Teresa Winegeart. “Although it looks a little different this year, we have put together events to celebrate our love for ASU. We are excited to celebrate with you all!”

Also, be on the lookout around campus for the faculty and staff to participate in the Department Door Decorating Contest. Your favorite professors and ASU employees are going to be going all out this year.

For more information about ASU’s Homecoming Week, check out the Homecoming Packet at ASU Homecoming and get all the details.

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