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Homecoming Parade caps DWU's Blue and White Days

A Mardi Gras theme brought people streaming onto Mitchell's Main Street Saturday morning for Dakota Wesleyan University's homecoming parade.

Floats of all shapes and sizes drove slowly down the street, with parade participants giving candy to smiling children on a pleasant fall day,

Marching bands from area schools provided enthusiastic music, bringing many children to the edge of the street to dance. Others clapped and cheered as the bands marched past them.

Evan Doorn, 3, of Mitchell, enjoyed almost every entry that made its way by the Corn Palace. He pointed as a tiger walked by representing DWU's mascot.

The parade had 44 entries and was well-attended, said Nathan Hofer, resident director and Student Activities Board adviser at DWU.

"I was impressed with the turnout on the street and the willingness of the participants," he said.

The morning started out a bit chilly as parade-goers huddled in jackets and blankets awaiting the start of the event. By 10:30 a.m., however, many people stripped off their coats and put away blankets to enjoy the sunshine.

The Armour Marching Band won the competition for entries, Hofer said.

The DWU Math Club won best entry overall, the Student Nursing Association won best use of theme and the Multicultural Committee received the win for most creative.

"The parade ran smoothly and went well," Hofer said.

Blue and White Days, DWU's homecoming week, came to an end with a 21-14 win for the Tigers against the Hastings University Broncos.