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HPU Homecoming festivities to include bonfire, fireworks and parade

HC17 Parade Route Map

BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host a bonfire, fireworks display and parade as featured events of the university’s Homecoming 2017 celebrations. The bonfire and fireworks display are scheduled for Friday, October 20, beginning at 9:00 p.m. The events will take place at the Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex in Brownwood. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. on and around the HPU campus. The public is invited to attend each of these events and other events throughout the weekend.

Last year’s bonfire and fireworks show drew a crowd of more than 700 community members and HPU personnel, alumni and students.

“It was great to share HPU’s Homecoming excitement with our friends in the community,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “We’re thankful to be able to do that again this year.”

This year’s HPU Homecoming parade will follow the same route as last year. Beginning at Brownwood Coliseum, the parade will travel north on Baker St., turn left onto Center Ave., move across Austin Ave. and enter the HPU campus. The procession will end in front of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on Center Ave. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Ave.

The parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, will feature student-designed floats and other attractions including the Homecoming Honorees, HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw.

Community organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online at A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available at the same address.

Cutline: A map shows the route for HPU’s Homecoming parade. Click on the image to zoom.