Homecoming, welcoming back of former residents and alumni, is a tradition in several universities, colleges and high schools in North America. High school is the name used in some parts of the world (in particular Scotland, North America and Australia) to describe an institution It usually includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town.
Homecoming celebrations are uncommon across Canada. The best-known and largest homecoming weekends are held by Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario each year. Queen's University, generally referred to simply as Queen's, is a coeducational non-sectarian Public university located in Kingston, Ontario The University of Western Ontario (known as Western, as well as UWO or Western Ontario) is a public research University located in London Canadian homecoming weekends are often centred around a football game but are also filled with events such as "pancake keggers" and parades. 
Homecoming is an annual tradition of the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the People, towns, high schools and colleges come together, usually in late September or early October, to welcome back former residents and alumni. It is built around a central event, such as a banquet or a game of American football, basketball, or ice hockey. A banquet is a large public meal or feast complete with main courses and desserts American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. When celebrated by schools, the activities vary widely. However, they usually consist of a football game played on the school's home football field, activities for students and alumni, a parade featuring the school's marching band, and the coronation of a Homecoming Queen (and at many schools, a Homecoming King). A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire A marching band is in the broadest terms a group of performers that consist of instrumental Musicians and sometimes dance teams / color guard who generally perform Related "Homecoming Dances" can be either boy ask girl or Sadie Hawkins style. In the United States, the Sadie Hawkins Dance is usually a dance or less formal dance sponsored by a High school, Middle school or College
The tradition of Homecoming most likely evolved from alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the late 1800s. Many schools lay claim to having the first Homecoming, but three seem to have the strongest claims: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Missouri, and Baylor University all held homecoming events in 1910, 1911, and 1909, respectively, though Baylor University did not hold its next homecoming until 1915. This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of The University of Missouri (also known as the University of Missouri–Columbia, Mizzou, or MU) is a public land-grant and research Baylor University is a private, Baptist -affiliated Research University located in Waco Texas. Year 1910 ( MCMX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Year 1911 ( MCMXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Year 1909 ( MCMIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting The other two traditions were annual events from their beginnings. All of these events had homecoming-like characteristics such as a football game, visiting alumni, and a parade. A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire It is likely that the traditions at these schools and others merged and spread nationwide. By the 1920s homecoming was widely celebrated across the nation. The 1920s is sometimes referred to as the " Jazz Age " or the " Roaring Twenties " when speaking about the United States and Canada
The Homecoming Court usually consists of seniors. In high school, 17- or 18-year-old students in their final year are represented; in college, students who are completing their final year of study, usually between 21 and 23 years old.
Classmates traditionally nominate students who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to contribute to their school. Other times, students vote for the nominees. Once the Homecoming Court candidates are announced, the entire student body votes for the Queen and King (by secret ballot). The secret ballot is a voting method in which a Voter 's choices are confidential
Local rules determine when the Homecoming Queen and King are crowned. Sometimes, the big announcement comes at a pep rally or school assembly one or more days before the game. A pep rally is an event occuring in USA Canada and Puerto Rico (specificaly Notre Dame High School in Caguas Other schools crown their royalty at the Homecoming football game or dance or Basketball game. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Still, some other schools crown their King and Queen at a second assembly during Homecoming week called Coronation Assemblies.
Often, the previous year's Queen and King are invited back to crown their successors. If they are absent for whatever reason, someone else – usually, another previous Queen or King, a popular teacher, or other designated person – will perform those duties. Usually, the Queen is crowned first, followed by the King (for schools that have both kings and queens). The crowning method also varies by school.
Homecoming court members who are not crowned king or queen are often called escorts or royalty . They are often expected to participate in the week's activities as well. At some schools, a Homecoming Prince/Princess, Duke/Duchess etc. (often underclassmen nominated by their classmates) are crowned along with the King and Queen; sometimes, middle school and junior high students may partake in the high school activities.
Many Homecoming celebrations include a parade. A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire Students often select the grand marshal based on his/her service and support to the school and/or community. The parade includes the school's marching band and different school organizations floats created by the classes and organizations. A marching band is in the broadest terms a group of performers that consist of instrumental Musicians and sometimes dance teams / color guard who generally perform Every class prepares a float which corresponds with the Homecoming theme. In addition, the Homecoming Court takes part in the parade. The parade is often part of a series of activities scheduled for that specific day, which can also include a pep rally, bonfire and other activities for students and alumni. A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire A pep rally is an event occuring in USA Canada and Puerto Rico (specificaly Notre Dame High School in Caguas See also Campfire. bonfire is a large controlled outdoor Fire.
At most major colleges and universities, the football game and preceding tailgate are the most widely recognized and heavily attended events of the week. In North America, a tailgate party is a Social event held on and around the open Tailgate of a vehicle. Alumni gather from all around the world to return to their Alma Mater and reconnect with one another and take part in the festivities. Students, alumni, businesses, and members of the community set up tents in parking lots, fields, and streets near the stadium to cook out, play games, socialize, and even enjoy live music in many instances. These celebrations often last straight through the game for those who do not have tickets but still come to take part in the socializing and excitement of the homecoming atmosphere. Most tents even include television or radio feeds of the game for those without tickets.
Sometimes during the school week, a picnic could occur. The picnic is very similar to the tailgate party, but it occurs after school or during the school's lunch period.
Throughout the week, schools (particularly high schools) engage in special dress-up days, sometimes called "Spirit Week", where students are allowed to wear clothing suitable to the theme (e. g. , toga day, nerd day, pirate day) leading to the homecoming. This article is about the aviation term for the Roman garment see Toga. Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or Stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues Intellectual activities Esoteric Piracy is Robbery committed at sea or sometimes on shore without a commission from a sovereign Nation (as distinct from Privateering Students traditionally wear clothing with their school's name, or clothing and makeup of their school's colors on Friday.
At many high schools, especially in the southern United States, homecoming dates exchange "mums" on Homecoming Friday, to wear to the game and the dance. These are very elaborate corsages (for the girls) or garters (for the boys, worn on the arm) that consist of a large flower (usually a chrysanthemum) surrounded by a ribbon ruffle. A sleeve garter is a Garter worn on the Sleeve of a Shirt. It came into wide use in the latter half of the 19th century when men's ready made shirts came Chrysanthemums, often called 'mums' are a genus ( Chrysanthemum) of about 30 species of perennial Flowering plants in the family Asteraceae Long ribbons, decorations and trinkets are hung from the mum which indicate the students' date of birth, name, class, interests, and messages towards other people.
Many schools hold a rally during Homecoming week, often one or more nights before the game. The events vary, but may include skits, games, introduction of the homecoming court (and coronation of the King and Queen if that is the school's tradition), and comments from the football players and/or coach about the upcoming game.
At some schools, the Homecoming rally ends with a bonfire (in which old wood structures, the rival school's memorabilia and other items are burned in a controlled fire. )
The Homecoming Dance – usually the culminating event of the week (for high schools) – is a formal or semiformal event, either at the school or an off-campus location. The venue is decorated, and either a disc jockey or band is hired to play music. In many ways, it is a fall prom.
Homecoming is normally held in the high school gymnasium.
The Queen and King traditionally have at least one slow dance together, after which they are free to dance with whomever they wish.
While at the high school level, students generally compete by grade level in events such as the spirit days and parade floats, the competition at the collegiate level is mainly between Greek-letter organizations and, to a lesser degree, residence halls. At most larger schools, fraternities and sororities compete on parade floats, house decorations, skits, talent competitions, and even service events such as blood drives or food drives.
While most schools schedule their Homecoming activities around football, smaller schools that do not field a football team or whose football program is weak plan the annual event at another time of the year. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with In these instances, basketball or ice hockey serves as the "big game" for students and alumni. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. Often in smaller towns with smaller populations, the parade is omitted.
At schools without athletic programs, the centerpiece event is usually a banquet, where alumni are recognized. A banquet is a large public meal or feast complete with main courses and desserts This format is also used for alumni events of high schools that have either closed or consolidated with other high schools; the high school classes continue to meet and celebrate their years at their now-defunct alma mater. Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval
In some parts of the country, high school basketball has gained a homecoming celebration of its own. Often referred to as Winter Homecoming or Courtwarming (the latter is especially prominent in parts of Missouri), it usually includes rallies, dress-up days, special dinners, king and queen coronations, and other winter-friendly activities typically associated with football homecoming.