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Downtown streets to be closed for UW Homecoming Parade

October 10, 2013

Some major downtown streets will be closed Friday, Oct. 11, for the annual UW Homecoming Parade presented by Lowe’s.

For the safety of parade participants and spectators, road closures will be in effect throughout the afternoon into the evening.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Floats will make their way from the 600 block of Wisconsin Avenue to West Gilman Street to the 500 and 600 blocks of State Street. Absolutely no traffic will be permitted to enter this route during the parade.

Commuters, students and community members should be aware of these parade-related conditions:

  • Langdon Street from Lake Street to Wisconsin Avenue will be blocked off with barricades from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • The 600 block of Lake Street will be closed to traffic from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. following a post-parade event.

The following streets and intersections will be blocked off with no traffic going through from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

  • 600 block of Wisconsin Avenue
  • 400 block of West Gilman Street
  • 600 and 700 blocks of State Street
  • 500 and 600 blocks of Lake Street
  • Langdon Street between Park Street and Wisconsin Avenue

The Madison Police Department and UW Homecoming Committee will be monitoring traffic and have the right to refuse entry to any streets during this time.

The Homecoming Parade is planned and executed by UW–Madison students. It follows a week of student competitions and fostering connections among alumni, student groups and the Madison community.

The UW Homecoming Parade presented by Lowe’s is free and open to the public. Viewers are invited to watch from Gilman and State Streets as classic cars, floats, the UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger bring UW cheer to the heart of the campus neighborhood.

A post-parade spirit stop near the Wisconsin Alumni Association, 650 N. Lake St., will feature family-friendly refreshments courtesy of Pepsi and Qdoba Mexican Grill and a 20-foot inflatable Bucky Badger.