The Green Man will make his public debut as the grand marshal of this year’s CSU Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade, themed "It is Easy Being Green." The 90-minute parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, and will travel through the Oval – the historic heart of CSU’s campus. The event is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the entire community.
As the grand marshal, the Green Man, who first began appearing in Colorado State’s "Green University" advertisements in early 2008, will lead the parade.
Because the Green Man has been something of a mystery on campus, here are a few facts about this year’s grand marshal:
– Favorite food: Carbon-neutral salad at Aspen Grille.
– Car: None, just borrows a bike from Ram Wheels when he needs to get somewhere.
– Favorite activities: Reduce, reuse and recycle.
– Love interest: Just a big crush on Mother Nature.
– Favorite song: "That Green Gentleman" by Panic! At The Disco.
– Favorite team: The Colorado State Rams – of course!
The parade will feature more than 80 entries, out of which 40 represent Colorado State. Entries this year will follow the green theme.
The parade is planned to begin at its traditional starting point at Mountain Avenue and Howes Street. After moving down Howes and through the Oval, the parade will march across the university plaza and conclude on campus at Meridian Avenue and University Avenue, at the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center.
With the change in the parade route this year, suggested parade viewing spots include Howes Street from Mountain to Laurel and along University Avenue from West Drive to Meridian. For a map of the parade route, visit homecoming.colostate.edu/parade-route.pdf.
Following the parade, the communitywide Homecoming Festival will begin at about 6:30 p.m. on the West Lawn. The goal of the festival is to create an annual family-friendly event that celebrates the university-community partnership.
For more information about the festival, visit homecoming.colostate.edu/festival.aspx.