Hundreds of people decked out in Bronco blue began lining both sides of Murchison Road around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
By the time the Fayetteville State University Homecoming Parade began, attendees could hardly walk on the sidewalks because there were so many people standing around.
Fayetteville State University spokesman Jeffrey Womble said everything about this year’s homecoming parade was bigger than ever due to the fact that it coincided with the university’s sesquicentennial, or 150th, anniversary.
“It’s a tribute to the fact that the community wants to celebrate our sesquicentennial and they want to be a part of it,” Womble said. “This year there has been a record-breaking crowd.”
Hazel Brooks attended the parade with her grandchildren. Two of her children graduated from Fayetteville State University.
She said she was proud to attend the parade during the university’s sesquicentennial.
“That is significant,” Brooks said. “Being a HBCU (Historically Black College and/or University), that says a lot for them. It makes it a special day.”