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Penn State Homecoming Moves Parade Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Penn State Homecoming is moving this year’s parade online due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced on Instagram Thursday evening.

Homecoming’s online festivities will include a pre-recorded special, which will be aired on Friday, October 16.

Interested students and alumni are still encouraged to register for the parade through Homecoming’s website by September 11.

“While this year’s Homecoming Parade may not follow its traditional format, the Parade Committee is working hard to unite the Penn State community as we work through this difficult and uncertain time,” Parade Director Katie Leipham said. “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to host a virtual parade and engage with our alumni, community, and students as we continue to celebrate Homecoming 2020.”

The organization said it will continue its goal of uniting students and alumni alike despite being online. Homecoming’s virtual programming will feature clips and videos from alumni and community members.

Previously, Homecoming was scheduled to kick off on Saturday, October 10, and culminate with Penn State football’s home matchup against Iowa on Saturday, September 17. However, Homecoming never offered modified plans once Penn State’s football schedule changed. That schedule has since fallen through after the Big Ten postponed fall sports.

Homecoming revealed its 2020 logo back in April. Its theme, “Envisioning Nittany Horizons,” was revealed at THON 2020 last winter.

Homecoming is the latest Penn State event to cancel in-person plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, THON announced its 2021 dance marathon would be held virtually, while the Big Ten officially postponed all fall sports, including football.

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