Ohio University Homecoming Festivities had a big ACRN presence this year, from the OU Alumni Association’s Friday night barbecue being dj’d by ACRN’s mobile services to ACRN affiliated house shows, to parade float prep to the finale of the Homecoming Parade, themed Travelling through Time.
Construction of the parade float started Friday, October 16 around 7PM at Promo Director Aaron Vilk and Music Director Ty Owen’s residence on Brown St. Using banners, various lobster decorations from the promo closet, scrap vinyl albums, and signs reflecting the origins of ACRN in 1971, ACRNers and alumni decorated the truck that was to be used as the parade float. From there, the gang moved to the Spacement (Columbus Rd) for an evening of electronic music provided by ACRN’s own Jason Wright, and then split off for uptown activities (including pitchers with the 110). The gang regrouped across town at an ACRN house party, but when that got invaded by too many non-lobsters, the decision to finish the night at the Union was made.
After hours at Brown Town (back on Brown St), kept Lobsters going most of the night, getting a short reprieve for a nap before heading to parade lineup on May St on Saturday at 8am. The gang was treated to hot chocolate by homeowners on the block (and tea from a nearby lobster’s kitchen) to keep warm till the parade started a few hours later. Thanks to advisor Greg Newton and the quick thinking of GM Jason Robinaugh, a stereo system was able to be attached to the truck for tunes from the 1970s to be played.
Being that it was too cold, the gang dressed in layers over their red ACRN hoodies, but still marched the whole parade route. Snat Rocklobster marched as well, greeted by both hugs and drunken punches from the parade watchers. The parade route went from East State down Carpenter to Court Street (the wrong way) to the New Baker Center for judging, and across past Alden Library to the spot formerly known as the Oasis.
The float (and especially Snat) drew cheers from alumni, friends and fans in the crowd all along the route, and definitely let the community know that ACRN was here to stay.