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Friday, September 30, 2022

Homecoming Parade, Soulfest to be streamed online

An hourlong showing of Soulfest will be added to the Homecoming Parade telecast this Friday.

The parade, aired on television for at least 27 years, is now approaching 10 years of being streamed online, said Sue Wagner, director of community relations for WUFT.

“Back then, people would come to the parade or sit at home and watch it. It was like a front seat to the parade,” she said.

For the second year, a half-hour show called “Home,” which captures the UF experience, will air before the parade, said Reed Erickson, director of media services for WUFT.

The show of acts from Soulfest 2013 will follow the parade, he said, and some of those acts will perform at Gator Growl.

He said Soulfest was added to the lineup to extend Homecoming coverage for people to watch.

“The extra hour allows a different part of Homecoming they normally wouldn’t get to see,” he said.

Erickson added that the production is mostly student-run. The crew and hosts of the preshow, parade coverage and Soulfest are mostly students of the UF journalism school.

A version of this story ran on page 1 on 11/6/2013 under the headline "Friday's parade, Soulfest to stream online"

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