Homecoming arrives -- it's bigtime

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:13 p.m.

Homecoming in Gainesville is a big deal -- and has been for decades.


Road closures for Gator Gallop and UF Homecoming Parade

Beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, the following roads will be closed for the Gator Gallop and University of Florida Homecoming Parade:
- Main Street between North Second Avenue and South Fourth Avenue.
- University Avenue between West 22nd Street and East Third Street.
- 13th Street between North Third Avenue and South Fourth Avenue.
- Southwest Second Avenue at 23rd Street.
Source: GPD

Public school children and University of Florida students and staff get Friday off.

Hundreds young and not-so-young take part in the popular Gator Gallop, which kicks things off Friday morning at 11:30.

Tens of thousands from across North Central Florida line West University Avenue to enjoy all things orange and blue as the Homecoming Parade meanders through the heart of the city for two hours starting at noon.

Then the world famous Gator Growl takes center stage Friday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, featuring two musical acts, The Fray and Sister Hazel. Growl has drawn crowds as large as 70,000 for headliners as big as Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld. Friday night's Growl kicks off at 7.

It's UF's 90th annual homecoming celebration, with the theme “Footprints of the Swamp.” It all culminates in Saturday's football game against the Vanderbilt Commodores, which begins at noon at The Swamp.

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