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Cajun fans gathered Saturday, Nov. 2 for The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's 2019 Homecomming Day Parade.

With 2020 marking 50 years since Cajun Field was built, the University Program Council selects “Timeless Traditions” as the homecoming theme.

Although homecoming has been moved from Oct. 1 through the 7 to Nov. 1 through the 7, the UPC invites students to participate in traditions and events that have been a part of Ragin’ Cajuns’ homecoming for years.

“Timeless Traditions” such as Yell Like Hell, the Cupcake Giveaway, Wear Red Get Fed, Homecoming Scavenger hunt, and the homecoming game against Coastal Carolina are the traditions that will be on campus this homecoming season.

Wear Red, Get Fed is a food drive where 1,000 box lunches are given out to students, faculty, and staff on campus. This year, donations will be collected for the campus. Normally this event allows people to congregate while they eat, but this year people will not be permitted to gather. The UPC wants the campus residents to come get food, but urges them to grab and go as a safety precaution for the coronavirus.

Similar to Wear Red Get Fed, the cupcake giveaway offers the opportunity to get free sweets throughout the day. While this tradition is normally done with a block party, only the cupcake giveaway will take place in order to follow safety guidelines.

The Homecoming Scavenger Hunt has changed it’s routine, but will still remain a tradition this year. Instead of participants gathering in one place, the scavenger hunt will be performed throughout the week of homecoming. Homecoming coordinator Aleya Domingue said, “Throughout the week footballs will be left around campus. If one is found by a participant, they will bring it to the UPC and collect their prize.”

The scheduled homecoming game against Coastal Carolina has been moved in regard to COVID-19 related issues. The game was previously scheduled for Oct. 17, but now will be played on Oct. 10. Scheduling for the Ragin’ Cajuns football team has not been easy with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cajuns had to postpone their much-awaited game with the Appalachian State Mountaineers due to COVID-19 related issues. The concern came from both teams and a statement from AppHealthCare says “the postponement was made out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with Sheri Everts.”

As the pandemic still affects our daily lifestyles, maintaining a sense of normalcy is important. Homecoming coordinator and member of the UPC said “Even though Homecoming will look different this year, everybody on campus should maintain the school spirit and try to keep a sense of normalcy safely.”

With the excitement of homecoming, the UPC maintains safety as they are following guidelines to allow students to be able to participate in the “Timeless Traditions” of Ragin’ Cajun homecoming.

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