UT’s homecoming parade returns to Cumberland Avenue

For the first time in 30 years, the University of Tennessee’s annual homecoming parade returned to historic Cumberland Avenue, according to UT’s homecoming page.

Over the past century, Cumberland Avenue has adapted to fit the new locals as the university began to grow with several restaurants, bars, fast food chains and apartment complexes.

Former UT quarterback Josh Dobbs returned for the parade and walked in the Little Vol Walk. Del and Dane Bryant, sons of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, served as the grand marshals. Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote “Rocky Top,” the university’s unofficial fight song, 50 years ago.

To celebrate the parade’s return to Cumberland, many of the well-known food chains offered free food for the after-parade celebration.

Many of UT’s clubs and organizations were also featured in the parade along with Shriners International, UT alumni and others. UT fraternities and sororities were represented by floats each group constructed. The floats were judged and voted on by students on Instagram.

Many parade attendees stayed for a post-parade celebration.

While many people have attended the parade for years, it is still new for some.

“I came to the Homecoming Parade for the first-time last year,” Amy Hill, an attendee said. “I was very excited to see the parade on Cumberland Avenue this year, and I hope to continue coming to the parade for many years.”

Morgan, who did not want to include her last name, had never attended the parade before but hopes to see the parade in the years to come.

Images by Samantha Neal

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

UT’s 101st Homecoming Week kicks off Sunday

On Sunday, “Homecoming 101: Intro to Rocky Top” events will begin and continue throughout the week, leading up to the Homecoming parade from Circle Park to the Strip on Friday and the football game against the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

For the first time in 30 years, the Homecoming parade is returning to Cumberland Ave.

Nate Hogan, president of the Student Homecoming Committee, says that the city of Knoxville asked for the parade route to be moved to the Strip to promote more local involvement.

“It will be nice to see the integration with the Knoxville community,” he said.

The Student Homecoming Committee is one of the many campus organizations that worked to plan various events.

According to Hogan, they began preparing for the events in March, and the University Homecoming Committee began planning this year’s Homecoming as soon as the last one ended.

There are 46 individual events taking place all over campus over the span of next week. One of which is the Slime Trivia, which Hogan is particularly looking forward to.

“[The] Slime Trivia, which happens on Wednesday, is going to be where contestants will be asked trivia questions about random topics, some even UT related,” he continues, “and if they get it wrong, they get slimed!”

There will be other events throughout the week for students who do not want to get messy. On Monday, the Black Cultural Programming Committee will host the Homecoming Comedy Show, the Homecoming Fashion Show, which is hosted by People of Style and Education, will take place on Thursday and there will be number of tailgating events on game day. A full list of these events can be found on the Homecoming events page.

The parade on Friday will feature fierce float-creating competition between a number of student organizations, as well as the Little Vol Walk for children under 10-years-old to ride along in the parade and then head to Little Vols at the Ballpark afterwards. Leading the parade will be Del and Dane Bryant. Their parents were the acclaimed songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, who penned “Rocky Top”.

Due to the parade float line-up at 3 p.m., two lanes of Lake Loudoun Blvd will be closed for an hour. Shortly after that, Volunteer Blvd from Lake Loudoun Blvd to Cumberland Ave will be closed from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cumberland Ave will be closed from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the parade and post-parade celebration.

For more information check out the University of Tennessee Homecoming page.

Featured image by Jenna Beaudin

Edited by Taylor Owens

Howl-O-Ween brings costumed pups to UT Gardens

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Knoxville and surrounding communities could be found at the UT Gardens for the fourth annual Howl-O-Ween pooch parade and pet expo.

The event, which lasted from 1-5 p.m., encouraged dog owners to bring their furry friends in Halloween costumes, tour the pet expo, grab something to eat at the food trucks and watch or participate in one of the four pooch parades.

Freshman Riley Doty knew she wanted to attend the event upon hearing the details.

“I heard dogs and that they were going to be in Halloween costumes,” she said. “That’s like my two favorite things coming together!”

The pooch parade was divided into four categories: Funny Bone, Bad to the Bone, Do(g) It Yourself and Pup Culture. Each category had a separate parade for dog-lovers and dog-owners to watch and enjoy or for dressed up dogs to walk in. The dogs and their owners paraded through the UT Gardens, passed the judge’s table, and down a path lined with eager dog-lovers.

“The parade was just so funny,” freshman Erin Young stated, “I love dogs. It makes me miss my dog more.”

The Howl-O-Ween event featured a variety of vendors including grooming services, pet supplies, advocacy groups, pet rescue facilities, veterinary hospitals and many more. One vendor, known as Dogwood Dogcamp, even had a few puppies available for adoption at the event.

Dogs of every breed and size could be found lounging in the sun and playing with their owners. Food trucks served hot dogs, barbeque, and a variety of other treats for hungry event attendees. For hungry or thirsty pets, many vendors provided treats and the event put together a “Hydration Station” to keep the dogs cool on the warm day. The event brought together people and pooches of all ages for an afternoon of awareness and fun.

For more information and pictures from the Howl-O-Ween event, visit the Tennessee Journalist Facebook page for live videos or the UT Gardens Howl O Ween Facebook page.

Featured image by Abby Hamilton

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Annual Mardi Growl parade brings excitement for spectators, raises money for Young Williams Animal Center

It was a dog lover’s dream come true as many locals celebrated Mardi Gras with the 10th annual Mardi Growl parade on Saturday, March 4.

While many attendees were excited to enjoy the many dogs dressed in amusing costumes, there was more to this event than just parading dogs. Mardi Growl was hosted by the Young Williams Animals Center. The goal of this event was to help fundraise enough money to keep the Young Williams Animals Center to continue their services to about 12,000 animals.

The parade started on Willow Ave. at 11 a.m. with the street filled with hundreds of decorated dogs and was led by Fulton High School’s marching band through the Old City. Hundreds of spectators waited with anticipation as the band led the parade to Gay Street. The Grand Marshall was in a red convertible, waving to the crowd with Smokey the dog as the other guest celebrity.

Many dogs were dressed in Mardi Gras colored tutus and boas. Some dogs were spray painted hot pink while another one’s body was covered in boas, leaving only the legs and head to show.

Dog owners had the chance to compete in the category of their choosing: ‘Best Dawg Pack,’ ‘Best Couple,’ ‘Best Vol Spirit’ and ‘Best Naked Dog.’

After revealing the winners of the categories, Market Square was open for all attendees with over 60 vendors. Each vending station catered to a dog’s needs. Rescue centers were also set up.


Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Images by Sage Davis