The evolution of TCU homecomings

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    TCU homecomings have evolved throughout TCU history including the parade, homecoming traditions, Frog Follies and Mr. and Ms. TCU.

    For example, according to the 2011 TCU yearbook, until the ’60s the parade took place in downtown Fort Worth. Mr. and Ms. TCU used to be called the homecoming king and queen until the turn of the millennium.

    Wendy Laskiewicz Russell, Class of 1999, said her sorority would collaborate with another fraternity to build a float for the parade.

    “During the football game, my friends and I spent most of our time at the tailgate parties socializing with older friends who had already graduated and came back to visit for homecoming,” Russell said. “After I graduated, I went back to TCU to enjoy the homecoming festivities every year for about five years. Now, I am looking forward to taking my kids to homecoming one day.”

    Mallory Burkett, Class of 2010, said students got to ride in a hot air balloon one year when she was a student.

    “They flew where the new [Worth Hills] residence halls are over on the greek side because it used to be just a grassy knoll,” Burkett said. “There was a really long line, but it was supposedly fun.”

    Clark Jones, Class of 1989, said sororities, fraternities and other organizations would participate in Frog Follies. Different groups would create skits and perform them in front of the student body.

    Jones said in his first year at TCU, his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, created “Cinderfella” for Frog Follies, in which they transformed into a winning team that would go on to win the game.

    “I was the guy that just was the poor soul that was lost,” Jones said. “Then all of the sudden the magic fairy–the girl from the sorority–came in and waved her wand. I exited one side of the stage and my [twin] brother comes in dressed as a football player.”

    “He was transformed, or I was, into the TCU football player. I remember having to sing on the stage in Ed Landreth Auditorium,” he said. “The crowd was screaming and I couldn’t even hear myself start to sing, but it was so funny. That was one of my favorite memories of homecoming.”

    “I think homecoming is just a fun time to see a lot of people come back, [and] remember all the great things that TCU did for them,” Jones said. “Even a lot of people I went to school with, they drop by and say hi. I get to find out what they have done in their lives.”