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Homecoming 2021 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will kick off in the days before the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns square off against the Texas State Bobcats at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Cajun Field.
Homecoming Week activities and events for students and alumni will start on Sunday, Oct. 24.
A pep rally, scavenger hunt, fashion show, decorating contests and parade are among the activities and events that the University Program Council and UL Lafayette Alumni Association will host for students and alumni. The Homecoming 2021 theme is “Our Identity. Our Fire. Our Legacy.”
During the Paint Your Pride window painting event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, student organizations will splash UL Lafayette Student Union windows with displays of Ragin’ Cajuns spirit and pride.
A Campus Scavenger Hunt will begin at noon on Sunday, and end at the same time on Friday, Oct. 29. Based on clues that will be posted on social media, students will scour campus alone or as part of teams in search of hidden objects. Those who find the most success will earn prizes from the UPC.
Later on Sunday, the Ragin’ Rock and Bowl will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. at Rock ’n’ Bowl de Lafayette, 905 Jefferson St. Participants will enjoy bowling, refreshments and camaraderie. Registration is $25 per person.
On Monday, Oct. 25, a Homecoming Block Party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the UL Lafayette Alumni Center, 600 E. St. Mary Blvd. The boulevard will be closed to traffic between McKinley and Taft streets. Food trucks will sell meals and “pop-up” vendors will offer discounted wares. The UPC will hand out free vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes, while they last, as part of its Cupcake Giveaway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Monday night, the Walk of Flame Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center. Students who participate in the event will model fashions they have designed and created.
On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the two-day “Paint the Town Red” contest begins, with businesses and schools decorating their interiors and exteriors in vermilion and white. Judges will select winners in a range of categories. They will visit businesses starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The schools portion of the competition will be virual.
Later Tuesday, Campus Feud will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Fletcher Hall Auditorium. Teams of students will test their knowledge against each other in quiz-bowl style competition.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Wear Red, Get Fed event and Campus Cupboard Food Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quadrangle. Attendees who wear Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns gear can grab a free lunch. In return, they’re being asked to donate nonperishable food to the University’s Campus Cupboard.
That evening, the “Cajuns Got Talent” competition for UL Lafayette students will be held at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Students will sing and dance, perform karaoke, and display other talents during the popular contest. The public is invited to attend the free event.
The Yell Like Hell Pep Rally will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Student Union Porch near Cypress Lake. Members of the Homecoming Court, cheerleaders and the Louisiana Ragin’ Jazz dance team will attend.
On Friday, Oct. 29, activities include a tennis tournament at Red Lerille’s Health and Racquet Club and the Bill Bass Open Golf Tournament. Both events will begin at 8 a.m.
Later that day, the Alumni Association will host the Golden Ambassador Society Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Alums who earned their diplomas at least 50 years ago can register to attend the dinner, which will be followed by music and dancing.
Also Friday, the "National Pan-Hellenic Greek Expo" will be held at 7 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center. Fraternity and sorority members will perform during the step show.
On Homecoming Day on Saturday, Oct. 30, the Office of Transportation Services will provide shuttle service for students and alumni who want to park on campus and ride to Cajun Field. Riders will be picked up and dropped off in front of the Student Union on McKinley Street. Shuttle service will be available from 8 a.m. until one hour after the game ends.
Game day activities will begin at 8 a.m., when University supporters will gather for food and refreshments at the Alumni Hospitality Tent. It will be set up near the large oak tree between Russo Park and Cajun Field. Cost is $15 per person; admission is free for Loyalty fund donors who have contributed $50 or more.
The Homecoming Day Parade will roll at 8:30 a.m. from Blackham Coliseum, travel north on Cajundome Boulevard, and enter Cajun Field at Reinhardt Drive. The procession will wind around Cajun Field before exiting onto Bertrand Drive.
That night, the Christiana Smith African-American Alumni Chapter will celebrate its annual Sweet Sounds of Sharing. Proceeds from the reception will benefit the Christiana Smith endowed scholarship fund. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Angelle Hall with a reception following in the Alumni Center.
The Homecoming 2021 sponsors are the University Program Council and Home Bank.
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