DSU homecoming parade returns on a new route

DOVER, Del. – Music, students, adoring fans, and vehicles filled Dover’s streets on Saturday for the return of a beloved event, Delaware State University’s homecoming parade.

“Tony Allen always says it’s the power of WE so this is everybody coming together to show how strong Dover can be,” says a parade marcher, Dara Savage who is also with the Early College High School at DSU.

However, this year the parade took a different route to incorporate the newest addition to DSU, Wesley College Campus.

“Ending it here on campus is a great way to involve the community even more. So we love it, we’re ready to set up a table and get back into the community, it was great,” says Savage.

The parade ended with a community fair with face painting, food, a car show, voter registration, and COVID-19 vaccinations. However, we’re told the bigger picture was about highlighting the work it took to acquire Wesley college and make it another home for future hornets. “I knew we were doing this for the right reasons, but when you hear folks play it back to you and really feel the energy and the possibility, it’s just magnificent,” says DSU President, Dr. Tony Allen.

Meanwhile, those involved in the parade tell 47 ABC, getting a chance to share some of their skills and talents with the younger generation is amazing. “I told them if you go out and have fun, the crowd is going to join you. So when we got down to playing and the crowd started screaming, I think they realized he knows what he’s talking about,” says Reggie Daniels, parade marcher and band director. Joelle Whitley, also a parade marcher and part of the Early College High School at DSU adds, “The end of the parade they were excited, they were very tired, but they kept the energy the whole entire time.”

Dr. Allen also tells us, many alumni are proud of how far the university has come. “When a should becomes a must, human beings do extraordinary things and the human beings at Delaware state university have been extraordinary. Savage adds, “In all locations, the Wesley location, the original location, the early college location, we’re all a big happy family we’re just glad to be here.”

The DSU Hornets took on South Carolina state bulldogs on Saturday at 2 p.m. for their homecoming game, but they lost 13 to 7.

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