Due to weather forecasts predicting severe rain, thunder, and possible flooding, the schedule for this weekend’s Homecoming events has been adjusted.
The parade due to be held on Saturday morning has been cancelled. In addition, the Friday night Extravaganza that would have been held at Fountain Mall on Friday night has been moved to the Waco Convention Center on Washington Avenue.
Saturday morning’s football game against Iowa State University will go forward as planned.
Changes to the schedule are only made with the utmost consideration by weather experts on campus, said Matt Burchett, the director of Student Activities.
“We talk with weather experts on campus who talk us through what’s reality and what’s not, and then we make our best calls. We do have contingencies for everything but the parade, meaning that you just can’t relocate the parade,” said Burchett.
Due to the rain, Extravaganza will not feature the bonfire and fireworks show that make it so distinctive. The doors to the Waco Convention Center will open at 7 p.m. so guests may still enjoy the Golden Wave Band, cheer squad, food, music, and more. Free parking will be available in downtown Waco for Extravaganza, and a shuttle will run between campus and the Waco Convention Center.
Although the parade may be cancelled, floats will be exhibited at a later date. Judging of the floats will also go forward as planned.
“This weekend may not look as it’s always looked, but we’re going to do our parts to make sure people have a chance to see their friends, to connect, and be together,” Burchett said.