The McNeese State University campus will be “rocking out” Oct. 17-23 as students, alumni and the community prepare for 2021 homecoming activities. “Rowdy Rocking Through the Decades” is this year’s theme and is inspired by the traditions and pop culture of years past.
On Sunday, Oct. 17, students will go back in time while at the Movie Under the Stars drive-in featuring the 1978 classic, “Grease.” The show starts at 6 p.m. in the Shearman Fine Arts parking lot.
The carnival is coming to McNeese on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Memorial Gym parking lot from 4-8 p.m. Students will enjoy rides, games and food.
Students will test their memory as they answer questions during 2000s Trivia on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the La Jeunesse Room.
Mud will fly as studentsparticipate in homecoming’s messiest tradition – oozeball – on Wednesday, Oct. 20, starting at 1 p.m. on Frasch Hall’s front lawn. Bragging rights and a coveted position as one ofthe top three teams are up for grabs.
The homecoming parade is scheduled to roll down Ryan Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, with over 75 entries expected. This year’s parade marshals are Richard Rhoden, McNeese Director of Facilities and Plant Operations, and Dick Gremillion, Calcasieu Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Immediately after the parade, the homecoming pep rally will take place inside Cowboy Stadium, where the 2021 homecoming king and queen will be announced. A dazzling fireworks display will follow the pep rally, which is sponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association.
On Friday, Oct. 22, bubbles will float through the air with a 90s themed Foam Party for students in the Housing Quad from 6-9 p.m.
Students, alumni and the community are invited to the Cowboy Block Party Friday night from 7-10:30 featuring Grammy Award-winner Wayne Toups at the Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, students and alumni will enjoy tailgating outside Cowboy Stadium before the big game. The student tailgate will be held at 9 a.m. in the Drew Hall parking lot while the alumni and Petrochem tailgate will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Grove for all Rowdy Card, Petrochem and Cowboy Club members.
The McNeese Bookstore, currently located in Parra Ballroom inside the New Ranch, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon with apparel available for Cowboy fans on game day.
The Cowboys will face off against the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals at noon in Cowboy Stadium. The 2021 Homecoming court will also be introduced at halftime.