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Heads Up: It’s Homecoming

The 2017 parade will mean closed roads on Oct. 20.

October 17, 2017
Street Closures

MADISON, Wisconsin (Oct. 13, 2017) — It’s Homecoming time again at UW–Madison, which means a Friday-night parade — and closed roads. At 6 p.m. on Oct. 20, the UW Marching Band, UW Spirit Squad, an illuminated truck, and a host of student groups will assemble on Langdon Street and proceed down State Street to campus. The parade will result in the following road closures:

  • Wisconsin Avenue between Langdon and Gilman Streets, closed 5:45–8 p.m.
  • Gilman Street between Wisconsin Avenue and State Street, closed 5:45–8 p.m.
  • Lake Street between State Street and Mendota Court, closed 5:45–8 p.m.
  • Langdon Street between Lake Street and Wisconsin Avenue, closed 4–9:30 p.m.
  • Langdon Street between Park and Lake Streets, closed 7–9:30 p.m.

The illuminated truck is a new element in this year’s parade. Like a mobile scoreboard screen, it uses high-definition LED displays to create spirited images. The truck will lead parade attendees toward the recently renovated Memorial Union and newly opened Alumni Park for a postparade Homecoming Block Party. New this year and sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the Wisconsin Union, and Isthmus, the Block Party will include a fish fry, a silent disco, fireworks, and much more.

For more information about Homecoming events and traditions, visit

Media Information

Contact: Tod Pritchard,, 608-609-5217, @WisAlumni

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