Katie Bolton couldn’t help but smile as she gushed about the honeymoon cruise she’s taking with her husband, Micah, this week.
But the Columbia newlyweds weren’t about to leave town without catching MU’s Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning.
“We’re packing our bags this afternoon and heading out this evening,” Katie Bolton said from the back of her van as the floats and marching bands made their way up Sixth Street.
The Boltons got married earlier this month at Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia. Even though neither graduated from MU, Homecoming is a must for the pair. For them, the day is less about MU spirit and more about spending time with family and friends and being part of the community.
“I think this is our fifth year in this spot,” said family friend and MU graduate Michael Markewicz, as he munched on a bagel and sipped coffee.
For Indianapolis resident Diane Anglen, homecoming is definitely about the football. Even though she now lives six hours away, the MU graduate has season tickets and travels with her husband and four children to every home game.
“I know homecoming is a shoo-in victory,” she said, as her daughter Sarah collected candy from parade marchers.
MU held its first homecoming parade in 1911, according to the university’s Web site.
This year’s grand marshall was MU alumnus David Novak, the CEO of Yum brands, which operates A&W All-American Food, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Novak graduated from MU in 1974 with a Bachelor of Journalism.