NORMAN — University of Oklahoma graduate Suzanne Delaney attended her first homecoming parade in 15 years Saturday, with two young children and University of Kansas alum husband in tow.
OU’s homecoming parade took place Saturday afternoon with no apparent problems, unlike the football game that started more than one and a half hours late due to storms with lightning.
“It’s a different realm,” Delaney said after letting her 5-year-old daughter Mia down off her shoulders. “I was a college student then and a mom now. We didn’t even realize this was homecoming weekend when we bought the tickets.”
The Delaneys drove from Sterling, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., to spend time in Joplin, Mo., and their home state of Kansas before coming to Norman.
They were in Joplin while staff and volunteers of the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” built a home for a longtime friend of Delaney’s who lost two children and her home in the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22 and ultimately killed 162 people.
J.R. Delaney, Suzanne’s husband, is a University of Kansas graduate who wore an Oklahoma football T-shirt for his wife.
His reaction to his act of marital diplomacy? A shrug of the shoulders and an “eh,” though he admitted earlier that wearing the crimson shirt was “painful to me.”
Mia and Ali, 8, were faring better after hauling in parade candy and enjoying a Pride of Oklahoma pre-game concert outside the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
Ellie Morgan, 4, also had an elevated view of the parade, thanks to the shoulders of her uncle, Norman firefighter Michael Rigsby.
Ellie’s face lit up and she waved when a float with weather equipment passed her, and Berrien Moore III, dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, spotted Ellie in the crowd and waved back at her.