FORT WORTH — In a move that came as a stunner to some students, alumni and nearby businesses, Texas Christian University has decided to cancel its homecoming parade this year.
The parade, long a part of the school's hugely popular homecoming weekend, isn't happening because the September 16 and 17 fall on the same weekend the school has scheduled its family weekend.
In a brief statement, the school said because of the timing it "became an unreasonable expectation for student organizations to participate in the parade, plus traditional family weekend programming with their families."
The news was a big surprise at Buffalo Brothers, the popular restaurant and bar on University Drive across from campus.
"Usually, the the parade will come all the way through [University]. It usually hooks a right right here," said general manager Kristi Setzer.
Setzer said the streets are usually lined with students, alumni and folks that live nearby during the annual event.
"It's not just the students, it's the neighborhood," she said. "It seems like such a simple thing to keep going."
A host of student organizations, including most fraternities and sororities, have floats in the parade. The school's marching band usually plays a big role, too.
Junior Lily Nguyen was disappointed when told of the news on Tuesday afternoon.
"It's really a great loss for those freshman because now they don't have a chance to experience all that," she said.
TCU says their decision was reached after input from student leaders and alumni, and "the decision only impacts 2016."
TCU 360, the student newspaper, reports that no decision has been made on a parade for next year.
A pep rally is still scheduled as part of the weekend's festivities.
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