Ten festive golf carts zoomed down Academy this past weekend as part of the first annual Homecoming Spirit Cart Parade.
“We have talked for a really long time about trying to bring elements of a parade to campus, but our geography makes it really difficult to do that,” said Assistant Director of Student Involvement Kate Yancho. “The thought was that decorating golf carts might be something fun and easy for students.”
A variety of campus departments and student organizations like Student Activities Committee (SAC), The Limelights, the Office of Residential Life, and Student Commission (StuComm) decorated Spirit Carts. Members of these groups gathered on Friday night to cover the carts with balloons, streamers, pennants, and more.
“Decorating golf carts was a great way to bond with my group,” said Limelights member Savannah Kinchen’ 18, “it definitely got me into the homecoming spirit, and I hope that it is a tradition that continues into the future.”
The carts were driven down to the Athletic Fields Complex on Saturday morning and lined up for homecoming attendees to admire. Feedback on the event was generally positive, and students said that they hope to see the parade grow in future years.
“I thought that the Spirit Carts definitely added to the festive atmosphere of Homecoming,” said Rosie Nocita ’18. “it would be cool to get the Kalamazoo community beyond the college involved in homecoming preparations, and maybe the Spirit Carts could offer an opportunity for community involvement in future homecoming celebrations.”
Although event organizers felt that the Spirit Cart Parade was a success, they were hoping for more campus involvement. They are anticipating that the parade will be more popular in coming years.
“This year there were no prizes, it was not a contest—it was more just about having fun and getting people involved,” Yancho said. “I hope that it continues to grow and I think that if we can get more participation in future years that we probably will turn it into some kind of competition.”