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Coming Home to Celebrate

How did you celebrate your stripes?

Mizzou has been “Celebrating Our Stripes” since the 2014 Homecoming Day of Service Oct. 4 when students and alumni in Columbia and across the country, through regional Mizzou Alumni Association chapters, joined together to serve the community.

Since then, Tigers have collected items for the Tigers Taming Hunger Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and donated blood at the 29th annual Homecoming Blood Drive. They’ve performed skits during the talent competition at the Missouri Theatre and pomped dozens of displays for Greek Town Campus Decorations. They’ve celebrated age-old traditions at the Traditions Plaza dedication and cheered for the descendants of Mizzou’s founding families during the Homecoming parade.

In the following photos, check out how thousands of students, alumni and community members participated in the festivities before heading to Memorial Stadium for today’s 3 p.m. Mizzou-Vanderbilt kickoff— Kelsey Allen

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Mizzou sophomore Elizabeth Klippel, holding fellow sophomore Ali Jones’ hand, donates blood at the Homecoming Blood Drive held Oct. 13-16 at the Hearnes Center. The Homecoming Blood Drive collected 5,738 pints of blood. Photos by Mikala Compton.

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Members of Phi Mu sorority and Beta Sigma Psi and Delta Chi fraternities work on the pomping portion of their house decorations inside the Beta Sigma Psi house. Photo by Mikala Compton.

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Pomping involves taking small pieces of colored tissue paper, wrapping them around a dowel rod and gluing them to wooden boards to create the large displays that make up Campus Decorations in Greek Town. Photo by Mikala Compton.

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Kappa Delta, Alpha Kappa Lambda and Sigma Phi Epilson perform their skit Last CoMo at Missouri Theater Tuesday, Oct. 21, as part of the Homecoming Talent Competition. Photo by Mikala Compton.

mizzou homecoming talent show 2014

Sigma Sigma Sigma, Pi Kappa Phi and Alpha Gamma Sigma set a tailgating scene during their skit Sweet Home Mizzou. Photo by Mikala Compton.

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John Somers of the Bates County Mizzou Alumni Association chapter serves another batch of kettle corn at Homecoming Headquarters at Reynolds Alumni Center Oct. 24. Photo by Nicholas Benner

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Hundreds of Mizzou community members gathered at the Traditions Plaza dedication ceremony Oct. 24 on the northern edge of Carnahan Quad. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

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Mizzou Alumni Association volunteer president Dudley McCarter speaks at the dedication of Traditions Plaza, MU’s newest campus landmark. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

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On the count of Z-O-U, from left, Mizzou Homecoming tri-director Jeremy Essner, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, Alumni Association Student Board President Bobby Hofman and Mizzou Alumni Association volunteer president Dudley McCarter dedicate Traditions Plaza. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Traditions Plaza

Dick Taylor, BS Ag, DVM ’62, and his wife, Joyce, BS HE ’61, of Fayette, Missouri, look for their bricks in the Legacy Circle section of Traditions Plaza. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Larry Hackman, Engineering ’66, and his wife, Shirley, of Washington, Illinois, dance a waltz to live music by MU's Mike Neu Quartet on Traditions Plaza. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Larry Hackmann, BS CiE ’66, and his wife, Shirley, of Washington, Illinois, dance a waltz to live music by MU’s Mike Neu Quartet on Traditions Plaza. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

House Decs

Pi Beta Phi, Phi Delta Theta and Farmhouse perform their skit during Campus Decorations Friday night. This year’s theme was”Oh, the places you’ll go!” Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Parade

Yichen Zhang waves an international flag outside of Reynolds Alumni Center as she waits for the Oct. 25 Homecoming Parade to start. Photo by Mikala Compton.

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The Golden Girls walk down Rollins Avenue during the Mizzou Homecoming Parade. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

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Marching Mizzou marches down Hitt Street during the Mizzou Homecoming Parade. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

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Descendents of Mizzou’s founding families march down Broadway during the Mizzou Homecoming parade. The group is this year’s parade grand marshal. Photo by Rob Hill.

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Columbia police officers offer a hand to keep a hot rod owned by Craig Haas of Columbia rolling in the 2014 Homecoming Parade on Saturday. Homecoming royalty candidates Bobby Hofman and Allison Schnitker had to hitch a ride when the transmission went out on Broadway. Photo by Rob Hill.

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A couple watches the Mizzou Homecoming Parade from a higher vantage point in the Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage. Photo by Rob Hill.

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Members of Phi Mu walk in the Homecoming Parade outside of Memorial Union. Photo by Mikala Compton.

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From left, Bryson Moss, BS BA ’01, and Michael Lilien make a pile of leaves with their daughters Avery Moss and Josephine Lilien outside of the Mizzou Rec Center after the Homecoming Parade. Photo by Mikala Compton.