TSU will bring back a homecoming tradition this Saturday. The homecoming parade will march down Jefferson Street near the campus.
The University moved the parade last year because the school expected 80,000 people to attend the school's centennial celebration and didn't feel that Jefferson Street was wide enough for the crowd.
“It just didn't feel the same. It was different” said Gwen Foxx a student at TSU in 1985.
“The traditional route has come up John Merritt Boulevard, and that was the missing part of it” she said.
The parade followed the Jefferson Street route for 50 years and some alums were unhappy that it was moved in 2012.
Local businesses were also affected by the change. T.O. Price who runs “Campus Crib” bookstore said the break with tradition caused his sales to slump.
“It's been down due to the fact they're not playing the games in “The Hole”, he said. “If they did that it would definitely bring up the community” said Price.
TSU is currently renovating “The Hole”, the stadium where the team plays. All of this season TSU has played its games at LP Field.
The homecoming parade will kick off at 8 a.m. at 14th and Jefferson Street.
Parking lots at LP Field will open at 7 a.m. Saturday to fans with parking passes as well as those taking advantage of cash lots.
Jefferson Street from 10th Avenue North to the TSU campus will begin closing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
- I-40 west exit ramp at Jefferson Street
- John A. Merritt Boulevard from 28th to 33rd Avenues
- 12th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Herman Street
- 14th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Herman Street
- 16th Avenue from Jefferson Street to Herman Street
- Meharry Boulevard between 12th and 16th Avenues
- Phillips Street between 12th and 16th Avenues
- Jackson Street between 12th and 16th Avenues
- Ireland Street between 12th and 16th Avenues
- W. Heiman Street between 23rd and 28th Avenues
- Scovel Street between 23rd and 28th Avenues
- Beasley Street between 23rd and 28th Avenues