Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 26, 2014

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade at Rutgers Day?

SONY DSCThree sharp staccato blasts of a whistle and they were off, pompoms waving, tubas glinting in the crisp, clear light.

For many visitors – certainly the ones lined up five deep in front of the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue this morning — the annual parade is one of the highlights of Rutgers Day. It’s grown over the years, and this year included Rutgers famed Marching Band, some 200 musicians strong; cheerleaders; dance team members, costumed figures from Rutgers’ history; and floats.

At the very head marched representatives of Rutgers Air Force ROTC, carrying a red and white banner welcoming visitors. “It feels special to be able to lead such a big event,” says Ryan McCarver, a sophomore from Glassboro who held the banner in his gloved hands. “I’m very proud to wear this uniform, and show people what we do.”

It was a festive crowd that greeted McCarver and his fellow marchers on their way from the Student Center to Voorhees Mall. At tables in front of Au Bon Pain, on the steps of fraternity houses along College Avenue, they snapped selfies with the band as backdrop and danced to the beat of such familiar fight songs as “The Bells Must Ring” and “Colonel Rutgers .”

Among the most avid bystanders was Michele Ostrowski of Old Bridge, a graduate who had her two children in tow. “I bring them here because I want them to see what Rutgers looks like,” the former communications major said of the 7-year-old and 10-year-old by her side – all decked out in Rutgers red, of course.


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