By Abby Cloud | Photo: Abby Cloud
Last week, from October 20, 2019-October 27, 2019, Florida State University held their annual Homecoming Week, chock full of events and performances for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Tallahassee community. Each year, FSU Homecoming puts together a good mix and variety of ways to show your FSU pride, and its 71st year was not any different.
Homecoming week kicked off with its Homecoming concert on October 20, featuring opening act Two Friends, and the acclaimed rapper Lil’ Yachty at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Colorful flashing stage lights and lively music was brought to the Civic Center by each performer.
From Monday to Friday, FSU Homecoming hosted numerous events all around campus for people to partake in. Monday, they hosted the Spear-It Showcase in the Oglesby Union Ballrooms, a talent show that highlighted FSU students. At this event, the FSU Belly Dancers, 30in60 Sketch Comedy, and KINGS Dance Team were among the talent featured throughout the night.
Tuesday night, Odds & Evens, a field day with fun activities for registered students teams took place. Teams competed in sports like football, soccer, and dodgeball on the Main Campus Fields. Seminole Festiva, a festival held on Landis Green, warranted loads of fun for its participants. Anyone attending saw the zipline across landis, games, food, and merchandise for sale in honor of Homecoming.
Thursday, Karaoke for a Cause at the Askew Student Life Center and the NPHC Extrav Step Show at Oglesby Union showcased the talents of its participants. At Karaoke for a Cause, volunteers sang their hearts out while service organizations tabled and a donation drive was held for Sable Palm Elementary School. The NPHC Extrav Step Show featured the NPHC Step Team with an out-of-this-world performance.
Friday, the Homecoming Parade took place in the early afternoon and represented many aspects of Florida State University. FSU softball coach Lonnie Alameda served as Grand Marshal, leading fraternity and sorority floats, President John Thrasher and First Lady Jean Thrasher, Homecoming court, the Marching Chiefs, and more, were part of it. That night, audiences made their way to Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to see Pete Davidson and Ricky several Marching Chiefs and FSU Majorettes took the stage and showed off an impressive routine.
All of these events and everything in between led up to 3:30 on Saturday: FSU’s Homecoming game against Syracuse University. With high hopes for its turnout, it is safe to say that no fan was disappointed this game day. For a final score of 35-17, the Noles dominated in Doak Campbell Stadium with an impressive fan presence.
Florida State University’s 71st Homecoming was more than a success. From unique activities, celebrity performers, and sharing the pride of being a ‘Nole, it’s evident that the community’s ‘Nole spirit was sparked. For additional recaps of FSU’s Homecoming, you can visit their Instagram and Facebook pages.