Posted by: rlally2013 | April 27, 2013

Everyone Loves a Parade

The Rutgers dance team entertained the crowd.

The Rutgers dance team entertained the crowd.

What better way to usher in the fifth annual Rutgers Day than with a parade down College Avenue.

Members of the Rutgers Marching Band, led by the Scarlet Knight Mascot and followed by the ROTC Color Guard and the Rutgers dance team and cheerleaders, were joined by a variety of student organizations.  The Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch team, the Go Outdoors Program, and Habitat for Humanity were all in step as they made their way from Brower Commons down to the Voorhees Mall. 

 First year student and dance team member Shannon Dolan said she was excited to be marching in the parade on such a beautiful day. “This is great, very cool,” she said as the parade got started. 

Those festival goers who lined College Avenue to watch, like 1998 alumni Stephanie Cooper, said this year’s addition of the parade made the Rutgers Day event even more enjoyable. “Show your R’s,” the Stewartsville mother of two young daughters said as they watched the parade pass by.

The crowd who listened to the Rutgers Fight Song, Colonel Rutgers, Small Things, Separate Ways and Final Countdown, seemed to agree.

“This is terrific,” said Cooper who says she wouldn’t miss the yearly Rutgers Day.

Watching the band members – decked out in red Rutgers shirts emblazoned with the “Pride of New Jersey” on the back, Tim Smith, director of Athletic Bands, said the parade was a great way to start the Rutgers Day festivities.

“They did great,” he said.


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