University hopes bigger parade will draw crowds to homecoming

October 09, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

For the first time in several years, Towson University will kick off its homecoming festivities with a parade - an expanded version that county and university officials hope will draw more people to the campus celebration.

The parade, which will start at noon today in the center of Towson at Bosley and Allegheny avenues, is part of an effort to bring the university and the greater Towson community closer, officials said.

University President Robert L. Caret "is just very desirous of us being part of uptown and uptown being part of us - and people liking it," said Susanna Craine, the university's spokeswoman. She said Caret is seeking to place a greater emphasis on the school's athletics and hopes to draw the community into the homecoming celebration.

While past parades were poorly attended and more local in scope - traveling only as far as the campus perimeter - this one will move through part of downtown Towson and onto campus. It will lead to a festival of sorts, with storytellers and parties before the 6 p.m. game against the University of Rhode Island, which will be followed by fireworks, Craine said.

The homecoming events will also involve the office of Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., who said he expects to ride with Caret along the parade route and hold a party during the day.

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