Allen University's homecoming parade today will kick off a series of events this weekend as the school welcomes back alumni.
The parade, scheduled to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will feature marching bands from Lee Central and Mullins high schools, as well as the Marlboro County High Color Guard and Drill Team, floats, clowns and motorcycles, mini-cars from the Cairo Temple Masonic Lodge, Allen class presidents, Greek organizations, and Miss Allen University and her court.
The parade route starts at Hampton Street and, after winding over several streets, ends at Oak Street.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., an Allen University family reunion in the center of campus will feature tailgating, music, carnival games and food.
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Allen's women's basketball team will face Spartanburg Methodist College in the J.H. Adams Gymnasium at 4 p.m. Afterward, at 6 p.m., Allen's men's team will take on Barber-Scotia College.
The General Alumni Association of Allen will host a 60th Anniversary Commemorative Sock Hop at the Radisson Hotel on Bush River Road at 9 p.m.
A gospel concert at the Student Activity Center, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, is the final homecoming event.
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