The Norman Transcript


October 23, 2011

Parade seen from all views



Some grownups also viewed the parade from above. Some people were perched atop the Asp Avenue parking garage, while another group witnessed the festivities while tailgating on a Boyd Street rooftop.

“This is really good,” said Parker Milligan, 13, of Norman. “I can see a lot of things better up here.”

Dallas resident Ches Cochran was on the Boyd Street rooftop with Milligan where he, during a brief lull in the parade, lamented seeing the Physical Sciences building that stuck out on what he called an otherwise beautiful campus.

Debra Krittenbrink enjoyed seeing the “Los Angeles” float that included a swimming pool, followed by scores of students wearing sky blue shirts that appeared to symbolize the ocean off the coast.

Mallory Oathout, a Wellington, Kan., sophomore and Gamma Phi Beta member, was one of those blue-shirted students. Her sorority built the float with the Delta Upsilon fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

“It took about three weeks to build it, including the all-night thing last night,” Oathout said. “I left, but the final touches were done by 8 or 9 this morning.”

Oathout’s shift was done early; she was able to leave at 3:30 a.m.

The homecoming theme is “Paint the Town Crimson,” so a number of floats incorporated OU people and places into other cities.

“Soonerland” replaced the famous “Hollywood” mountainside sign on the Los Angeles float, and Oathout said OU President David Boren’s house and former Sooner basketball great Blake Griffin were among the other OU touches for the City of Angels.

The blue shirts that looked like an ocean from above actually read “Paint the Town Crimson” styled in the Los Angeles Clippers colors and logo in honor of Griffin.

“I really like homecoming,” Oathout said. “With the sidewalk chalking and all the events and the floats, everybody just gets involved.”

James S. Tyree 366-3541


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