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Homecoming parade registration

Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Joplin

We invite community partners to join us for this exciting day of music, community pride, and school spirit. 

Prizes for decorated floats will be given to community organizations:

  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $250

All entries should be decorated in support of the “Lions Assemble” superhero theme. The parade award winners will be announced at halftime of the MSSU home football game (2:00 p.m. kickoff).

Parade Registration

Entries deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th. Parade details will be sent after registration. 


MSSU Alumni Award Nomination

Do you know an MSSU alumni or friend of the university who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them below for one of our annual Lion Awards presented during homecoming weekend.

Outstanding Alum Award

Distinguished Alum Award

Outstanding family Award


band prizes and awards

In 2023, PRIZE MONEY will be given in three categories: large (600+ high schools students*) high schools; small (less than 599) high schools; and junior high / middle school bands. Within EACH of these three categories, awards will be:

                            1st Place = $1,500 ▪ 2nd Place = $750 ▪ 3rd Place = $300

That means NINE BANDS are going to walk away with a CASH PRIZE to supplement their budgets by participating in this iconic Fall event. You’ve got to love those odds! Here are details:

  • Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 2023 – Bands should be lined up by 9:30 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. start time.
  • Judging: Three eminently qualified music educators will judge the band entries.
  • Lunch: After the parade, jump in your bus and head to the MSSU campus for a complimentary Chick-fil-A lunch in Young Gym. The awards presentation will take place at 12:30 p.m. following lunch.