'College GameDay' will shake up MU Homecoming parade schedule

Monday, October 18, 2010 | 6:38 p.m. CDT; updated 9:14 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

COLUMBIA — With ESPN's "College GameDay" television show set to be held at MU on Saturday, Homecoming organizers at MU are planning for a different start time for this year's Homecoming parade.

The parade has traditionally started at 8 a.m. the Saturday of Homecoming, but the show is scheduled to air live on ESPN from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The No. 18-ranked Missouri football team hosts No.3 Oklahoma that evening at 7 p.m. Both teams boast 6-0 season records. The rankings are from The Associated Press poll.                       

The Columbia City Council approved a request to move the parade to noon. It also approved no parking along Sixth and Ninth streets from 9 a.m. until the parade ends.  

Carrie Bien, student programs coordinator for the Mizzou Alumni Association, said the association will announce the start time for the parade Tuesday morning.

Bien said the association was "working toward the direction of moving the parade," but noted that the association did not have a firm parade time set.

"We want students and fans to have a full Mizzou Homecoming experience," Bien said. "We're working to make sure everyone can be a part of everything. We communicated with all of our participants that the parade's time could likely change due to game time and other factors."

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Sieghart F. Eisele October 19, 2010 | 1:47 p.m.

Good luck on all you activities during 'Homecoming', wish I could be there too, loved to watch the parade from my living-room window on 206 Hitt St.. Was always a lot of fun.

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