We can argue about who “started” the Homecoming tradition that most schools now follow, but one thing is clear: Baylor’s is one of the oldest in the country, if not the absolute oldest. And it has grown to be quite the experience from start to finish, with the start actually coming yesterday with the first Pigskin performances and the Mass Meeting for the freshman to learn about Baylor’s traditions, including the Immortal Ten.
With so much going on tomorrow, including a game against nationally-ranked and future conference foe BYU, I thought we might benefit from a one-stop shop of information about the festivities that will conclude with a poll about who is going where, when.
First, the Weather:
As I noted on Wednesday in the First Look, Saturday is going to be an absolutely beautiful day for Waco, but it will start out very cool in the morning, so prepare accordingly. Here’s the full day from Wunderground:
Second, the Schedule:
Before anything else, if you’re looking for more information about Baylor’s Homecoming traditions, generally, you should consult the resources that Baylor itself has put together for this incredible event. Also check out this full schedule for the weekend’s events, since I’m just going to hit the highlights.
- October 15, 2021, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM—Pep Rally and Bonfire
- October 16, 2021, 8:00 AM-11:00 AM—Homecoming Parade
- October 16, 2021, 2:30 PM—Baylor vs. BYU
Here are also the other athletic events going on, in addition to the Homecoming-specific stuff:
Happy #BaylorHomecoming, Bears!— Baylor Athletics (@BaylorAthletics) October 14, 2021
Bring the spirit across all our facilities this weekend:
6 p.m. @BaylorVBall vs. KU
12 p.m. @BaylorEQ vs. TAMU
5 p.m. @BaylorVBall vs. KU
7 p.m. @BaylorFutbol vs. UT
2:30 p.m. @BUFootball vs. BYU#SicEm pic.twitter.com/VJ9qGz9o4F
Finally, in case you can’t make it at all, it appears some of these events will be streamed online:
Can't make #BaylorHomecoming ?— Baylor University (@Baylor) October 13, 2021
Join us from home!
Pigskin: Fri 6:30 pm (https://t.co/z4fKbYP8fB)
Parade: Sat 8:30 am (BU Facebook)
Floats: Sat ~11 am (BU Facebook)
Football: Sat 2:30 pm (ESPN) pic.twitter.com/J09IHNARkN
Third, The Festivities:
Here I thought I might throw up a few videos explaining some of Baylor’s favorite traditions for those that might be unaware or unfamiliar with them.
The Baylor Homecoming Parade:
One thing I wanted to note about the Parade is that the route has apparently changed. From Baylor’s page about this:
Ways to Watch…
- In person along the parade route downtown.
- On campus along 5th Street. Leading elements of the parade ought to arrive on campus 30-45 minutes after the parade start.
- The parade also will be streamed live on KCEN’s website, 6 News app and YouTube page. The livestream link also will be shared on KCEN’s Facebook page as well as Baylor’s official Facebook page.
The Bonfire, which obviously occurs on Fountain Mall:
And finally, the Immortal 10/Mass Meeting, which actually occurred last night:
What are you plans for Baylor Homecoming?
This poll is closed
Going to the Parade, then the game!
Going to the parade, can’t make the game.
Can’t make the parade, but going to the game!
Can’t make either, will watch game on ESPN!
Can’t make either, will listen on radio!
Going to the Bonfire, the Parade, and then the game!
I am not interested in any of this.