Homecoming parade to feature ASU football legend as grand marshal
This year, Sun Devil Football legend and former NFL offensive guard Randall McDaniel will serve as grand marshal for Arizona State University's homecoming parade.
ASU Homecoming 2014 will feature a week-long celebration, based on the theme “Written in the Sparks,” with traditional events and activities, including the Legends Luncheon, Sparky’s Big Top Carnival, Homecoming Dance, Devil’s Royale, Lantern Walk and Homecoming Comedy Show.
Beginning Oct. 27, the festivities will extend to all four campuses and will culminate in the annual homecoming parade and block party on the Tempe campus.
McDaniel, a two-time All-American, played on the Sun Devils victorious 1987 Rose Bowl team. During his 14-year professional football career, he played for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 1999, he was inducted into ASU’s Football Hall of Fame and is a member of the university's elite Ring of Honor Society.
At the Legends Luncheon on Oct. 31, the ASU Alumni Association will welcome inductees Eric Allen and Darren Woodson into the Ring of Honor Society, which boasts 23 legendary Sun Devil Football players, who, along with McDaniels, include Pat Tillman, Frank Kush and Ron Pritchard. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe. Register here for tickets.
The annual parade and block party will begin the following day, Nov. 1, four hours prior to the Sun Devil Football game against the University of Utah Utes. The celebrations will take place from McAllister Avenue and University Drive to College Avenue. In addition to Devils on Mill, the new Devils on College pre-game event will encompass the plaza area surrounding the recently constructed College Avenue Commons building.
Keeping in line with ASU’s commitment to becoming a zero waste institution, the events will feature recycling bins to divert waste materials away from the landfill. The use of tobacco products will also be prohibited on all four campuses.
Parking lots and structures on the northern part of the Tempe campus (north of University Drive) are open five hours prior to kickoff for prepaid season ticket parking passes, and cash lots are open three hours before kickoff. Parking information can be viewed here.
More information, including a complete schedule of the 2014 Homecoming events and activities, is available at homecoming.asu.edu.