The glory days of GW homecoming: Balloons, floats and ‘Marvin Gras’ festival

The GW homecoming parade. Photo courtesy of the GW University Archives.
GW Homecoming parade. Photo courtesy of the GW University Archives.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ruby Lee.

Unlike next week’s homecoming activities – which consists of a Mr. and Mrs. GW contest along with a sparsely attended basketball game – students used to return to campus for a week-long welcome back extravaganza.

Back in 1993, students enjoyed free dance lessons, showings of Casablanca, a block party with karaoke, an annual talent show, male and female basketball games, and the ‘Marvin Gras’ (get it?) festival with a casino and Cajun music.

Students had all week to vote for homecoming king and queen, which were announced at the annual dinner-dance held in the Marvin Center with big band-era dancing.

The week concluded with a parade around campus, where students dressed as George and Martha Washington and strolled along the streets with balloons, signs and floats.

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