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Turkey Day Classic Parade

Alabama State University’s Annual Turkey Day Classic Parade will take place on Thursday, November 23, at 9 a.m. in downtown Montgomery, followed by the kickoff of the 99th Turkey Day Classic football game against Tuskegee University at 2 p.m. in The ASU Stadium.

The Parade, a community-wide event, is steeped in the University’s and Montgomery's tradition. Thousands of families, students, and alumni from around the state and country line the streets each year to witness the pageantry, music, sights, and sounds of what has become one of the city’s most anticipated holiday festivities.

Entry Types

Decorated VehiclesCar

Only 20 decorated vehicles will be allowed in the Parade. Entry is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Decorated vehicles must have 80% of the vehicle decorated with the organization name prominently displayed on both sides.

Car/Mototcycle Clubs:

Please email us at communiversity@alasu.edu before completing your entry. Only a limited number of motor vehicle clubs will be allowed. Entry is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Lead vhehicle for each group must display sign with the name of the group. Car clubs will be allowed up to 10 vehicles per group. Motorcycle clubs will be allowed up to 16 units per group. (All vehicles must present a valid drivers license and proof of insurance.)


All floats (and trailers being used as floats) must be completely decorated. A float is a decorated structure that is towed by a motor vehicle. All visible sides (including the rear end) must be completely covered with decorations. It must be constructed and decorated so that each side is equally attractive and interesting. The name identification of the parade entrant must appear on both sides of the float. Vehicles used to pull floats must have a sign to disply the name of the parade entry. (Must upload proof of current vehicle insurance


A group that marches while playing musical instruments. (Band units must provide name identification in front of the unit

Walking Units:

A group, other than a band, that marches the parade route in costume or uniform.

  • Units must have a professionally printed banner with the group’s name (at least 2’ x 6’).

  • Units must walk in an organized manner and wear similar colors or uniforms.

  • Chaperones must accompany units with children under the age of 18 (1 chaperone per 10 children).


Entry Deadline

The deadline for entry is Tuesday, October 31, 2023, and entries are ordered on a first come, first served basis. We thank you for your interest in the Alabama State University Turkey Day Classic Parade. 

If you have any questions, please contact the ASU Office of Communiversity at (334) 229-4270 or communiversity@alasu.edu.

Entry Fees

  • ASU Department and Student Organizations -  Free
  • Non-Profit Organizations -  $100 (Must upload a copy of your current tax-exempt certificate)
  • School Bands -  Free
  • All other Organizations/Businesses - $100.00
  • Parade Sponsorship Packages available


*****Early Bird Registration Special Discounted Rate - $75 (April 24-June 30)***** 

  • The regular registration fee of $100 will be in effect from June 1 - August 31. 

  • Late registration for all organizations will be $150 from September 1 - October 31.

  • Prime placement for all organizations that register early.

Entry Regulations

Parade officials have the right to deny participation in the Parade if entry guidelines are not met prior to and on the day of the Parade. The decision to deny participation is solely at the discretion of Parade officials. 

Parade History

ChildThe Parade began in the 1940s and was coordinated by former ASU professor Dr. John Garrick Hardy. It was established to increase attendance at the annual Turkey Day Classic football game. The Parade fostered pride in ASU and fellowship within the community then and now.

The original parade route included streets on ASU’s campus and streets in nearby neighborhoods. Homeowners and businesses decorated their homes, streets, and storefronts during Homecoming week. The increased size of the parade prompted a route change and now starts at the Alabama State Capitol building and proceeds down Dexter Avenue.

Preparations for the Parade have been a community and team event from the beginning. University graphic artists designed the floats, University personnel built them and decorations were added by students, professors, alumni and friends from the community. These teams of workers often labored through the night, finishing just in time to line up for the parade.

The morning of the parade is an energetic and exciting time. Volunteers converge on downtown Montgomery in the early morning hours. More than 100 volunteers from the faculty, staff and community serve as Parade Marshalls. They supervise the lineup and make sure that the Parade participants are in place when it is their time to proceed down Dexter Avenue. These dedicated volunteers are the reason the Parade is organized and proceeds according to the plan.

For a full Turkey Day Classic schedule, visit https://www.alasu.edu/turkeydayclassic.

Contact: Kenneth Waters
Email: communiversity@alasu.edu


Register for the 2023 Turkey Day Classic Parade!
Deadline to register is Tuesday October 31, 2023


Contact Us

Have questions regarding the Turkey Day Classic Parade?

Parade Coordinator