UPDATE: Homecoming parade to start at noon Saturday

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | 10:18 a.m. CDT; updated 10:51 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

COLUMBIA — MU’s Homecoming parade has been rescheduled to begin at noon Saturday, said Carrie Bien, student programs coordinator for the Mizzou Alumni Association.

The change accommodates ESPN’s “College GameDay” television show, which will broadcast live from MU from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

"We first started talking about it starting at 11," Bien said, "but we wanted to have a buffer time for people attending GameDay to be able to transition."

Bien said Saturday would be a "really fun day, jam-packed with activities," and that it was fortunate that the 7 p.m. kickoff leaves enough time for several events.

The Columbia City Council on Monday approved a request to move the parade to noon and ordered that there be no parking along Sixth and Ninth streets from 9 a.m. until the parade ends.

Missourian reporter Pavan Vangipuram contributed to this report.

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