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October 27, 2013

University parades with pride at homecoming

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NORMAN —

Adan Stephens is a chemical engineering grad student with a wife and two kids. A native of Mississippi, Stephens earned his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young. It’s his family’s first Oklahoma parade.

In addition to the RUF/NEKS, along with ponies Boomer and Sooner pulling the Sooner Schooner, the OU Pride, the homecoming king and queen and their court and dozens of wonderful floats built by sororities and fraternities working together, there are a few high school bands that march in the parade.

Last year’s Homecoming King and Queen, Elvie Ellis and Maggie Cannon, may have the best ride in the parade — a horse-drawn carriage.

England’s alma mater, Seiling High School band, marched in the parade Saturday.

Several university groups participated, such as future special education teachers who gave out books instead of candy, international students and the American Indian Student Association. There are 1,800 international students at OU each year, Stroud said.Those students share their culture with Norman while they are here.

The American Indian Association is celebrating its centennial year at OU, Stroud said.

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