The annual golf cart parade kicks off homecoming weekend.
Written by Sarah Allison
For the first time since 2019, the golf cart parade and pep rally kicked off homecoming weekend on the Friday before the homecoming football game. Many of Temple University’s club’s decorated golf carts to the nines.
Each club decorated their cart with a unique homage to their mission and goals. Active Minds, the Homecoming Court, and Thrift and Flop were just a few clubs that attended and decorated their carts.
Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho celebrated 100 years at Temple University by decorating their cart with the theme “The centennial year.” They included 100 dollar bills, 100 balloons, and their color theme, blue and yellow.
“It’s our centennial year, so we decided to base our cart around our 100 years of our organization. Our club is really about serving our community. We really focus on women and children, and basically making sure they have everything they need.” said sophomore biology major Janaya McCray-Boston.
Temple Formula One Racing decked out their cart by adding race car parts to their cart. They added new wheels, a muffler, and a spoiler to their cart. In addition they included a formula one race car to ride with the golf cart.
“As we are Temple Formula Racing, we build race cars so we decided to turn our golf cart into a race car by sticking some body pieces on there. Kind of showcasing what parts we have,” said senior engineering major Nathaniel Chin.
The golf carts showed the diverse clubs at Temple, including the Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness.
“We’re the Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness and we went with a carnival theme because every Caribbean has carnivals. We’re just really focused on promoting our social diversity not only in the Caribbean but elsewhere as well,” said sophomore health professions major Tacha Merine.
The parade started at 15th and Montgomery, and made a stop at the Bell tower for the pep rally celebration. The pep band, cheerleading team and the dance team all performed; President Jason Wingard also celebrated with the students.
The golf cart parade has become a beloved annual tradition for many. Every year, groups of students, clubs, and organizations come together. It’s become more than cheering on Temple’s Football Team. The parade allows Temple’s numerous clubs to receive accolades for all the hard work they employ through the year.
At the parade and rally’s conclusion, spirited students and community members prepared for the next day which included the homecoming tailgate, football game, and many more on campus activities.