Here's the line-up for Homecoming 2012

Savannah Finch takes her time during the annual SunTrust Gator Gallop, the two-mile run/walk that precedes the annual homecoming parade on University Avenue, starting on campus in Gainesville Friday.

Erica Brough/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.

Homecoming 2012 kicks off Friday morning -- which means both the University of Florida and public schools in Alachua County are closed and much of the city pauses for two days of festivities.

Tens of thousands will line West University Avenue for Friday's homecoming parade, which heads east from the O'Connell Center starting at noon.

Gator Growl and its star-studded cast kick off Friday night at 7.

Saturday morning at 10 is the Homecoming Alumni BBQ at the O'Connell Center, after which the Gators play Louisiana-Lafayette at 12:21 p.m.

Here's a further look at what's on tap:

Gator Gallop

The run starts at 11:30 a.m. Friday at UF's Percy Beard Track and heads down University Avenue to downtown. Registration is at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $20 cash.

Homecoming parade

It begins at noon Friday on University Avenue at Gale Lemerand Drive and ends at Main Street.

Gator Growl

Country star Josh Turner and comedian Tracy Morgan, star of the hit NBC series “30 Rock,” perform in the annual University of Florida Homecoming event at 7-10 p.m. Friday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Cost: $25 general admission. (

NCAA Soccer Championships

Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast is at 3 p.m. Friday.

Women's basketball

Florida vs. Fairfield, UF's opener, is at 4 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.

Men's basketball

Florida vs. Georgetown, UF's opener, is at 9 p.m. in Jacksonville on an aircraft carrier. The game airs on NBC Sports Network.

Alumni Barbecue

The barbecue is at the O'Connell Center two-and-a-half hours before the Homecoming football game.

The game

Florida vs. Louisiana kicks off at 12:21 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game is being broadcast on FOX.

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