Children playing drums and marching.

Young members of the Missouri Highsteppers march in the Homecoming parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Glimmers of childhood magic shined through Homecoming 2016. The theme, A “Tail” of Tradition, inspired Seussian parade floats, Rainbow Fish window painting and a talent show peppered with witches and dragons. Mizzou’s football game against Middle Tennessee might not have concluded with a storybook ending, but Tigers found a moment of enchantment in the crowning of our very own king and queen, seniors Nicholas Seidel and Alyssa Goldberg.

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Matt Wiesner and his three-year-old dog, Ruby, watch the Homecoming parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Marching Mizzou and The Golden Girls discuss parade plans. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Marching Mizzou members and Golden Girls discuss parade plans. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Dancers in sparkly costumes with pompons.

The Golden Girls open the parade with Marching Mizzou on Rollins Street. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Mizzou Homecoming Steering Committee rode the old yellow fire truck in the parade.

The Mizzou Homecoming Steering Committee rides in the old yellow fire truck in the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Students handing out bracelets.

Steve Austin and Rachel Marcus hand out bracelets to children in the crowd during the first few minutes of the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

J'Den Cox hands out candy to kids on his float on Saturday morning. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Mizzou senior J’den Cox, an Olympic bronze medalist, hands out candy to kids from his float. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Sorority members carrying Greek letters.

Gamma Phi Beta members walk past the MU Student Center in the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Little girl in a cheerleading uniform and a tiger hat, holding pompons.

Jacquelyn Roberts, 3, from St. Charles, waits in head-to-toe Mizzou gear for the parade to pass. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A float with replicas of the Columns, Jesse Hall and Truman.

Delta Chi and Chi Omega members walk behind their “Zouville” float outside Memorial Union. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Delta Chi and Chi Omega walk behind their "Zouville" float.

Delta Chi and Chi Omega members walk behind their “Zouville” float in costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Little Dixie and Tiger Motor Patrol put on a fast paced car show for spectators during the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Little Dixie and Tiger Motor Patrol put on a fast paced car show for spectators. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Student athlete catching a basketball from the crowd.

A member of the Mizzou women’s basketball team plays ball with one of the parade attendees during the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Motorcyclist doing a wheelie.

Motorcycles get up close to attendees during the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A tractor puling train cars with letters that spell out M-I-Z-Z-O-U. Children ride in the train cars.

A Mizzou theme train rolls through Ninth Street in the second half of the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

White dog petted by fans.

A Pyranese dog known for his regular strolls on campus walks past parade floats. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Students marching with flags representing many different countries.

The Multicultural Student Council waves dozens of large flags on Ninth Street. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

American pride was represented throughout Columbia. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Columbians carry an enormous U.S. flag in the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A Chinese Dragon moves through the streets of the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A Chinese dragon moves through the street. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Patrick Graham and Alex McCresky

Mizzou Homecoming royalty candidates Patrick Graham and Alex McCresky await their turn in the parade from the back of a convertible. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Students pose with the chancellor and his wife behind a banner.

Members of the Alumni Association Student Board and Tour Team join interim Chancellor Hank Foley and professor emeritus Karin Foley for a quick photo op. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Mules.

Tim and Terry from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Mule Team join the parade. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Boone County Fire Department and one of the male bagpipers talk while waiting in line for the parade to start. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A Boone County Fire Department firefighter talks with a bagpiper while waiting in line for the parade to start. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Truman waving from the back of a golf cart.

Truman the Tiger, wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, rides with his cheer squad teammates. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

ROTC awaits Homecoming festivities in the back of a pickup truck.

ROTC students await Homecoming festivities. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Young alumni eating at a banquet table.

May 2016 Mizzou graduate Markell Trotter joins friends at the Black Alumni Network tailgate in the Hearnes Center before the Homecoming football game. Photo By Morgan Lieberman

Eyes peeking through a gap in a window painting.

Sigma Kappa sorority member Morgan Taylor examines the window painting outside Campus Bar and Grill as she helps decorate the District the Thursday of Homecoming Week.

Sigma Kappa Sorority member Emily Chu paints the window painting outside of Campus Bar and Grill for decorate the distrcit on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Sigma Kappa's theme was Rainbow Fish.

Sigma Kappa sorority member Emily Chu paints the window outside Campus Bar. Sigma Kappa’s theme was the children’s book Rainbow Fish.

Delta Delta Delta sorority member Mary O'Brien helps to paint a stripe of the rainbow on Shakespeare's window for decorate the distrcit on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Tri Delta's theme was The Wizard of Oz.

Delta Delta Delta sorority member Mary O’Brien helps to paint a stripe of the rainbow on Shakespeare’s window on Ninth Street. Tri Delta’s theme was The Wizard of Oz.

Kevin Smith wipes away paint from a window at Harold's Doughnuts during decorate the district with Mizzou Suicide Prevention Program on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

Kevin Smith wipes away paint from a window at Harold’s Doughnuts.

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Flag team members march in the parade. Photo by Mikala Compton

Mikala Compton

Alumni and 2015 Homecoming royalty Payton Head and Allison Fitts wave to the crowd. Mikala Compton

Mikala Compton

Tigers flank Rollins Street to watch the parade. Photos by Mikala Compton

Mikala Compton

Members of the International Student Council march with flags representing their countries of origin. Photo by Mikala Compton

Kids from the Step Program at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia perform in the Homecoming Parade on Rollins Street on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia and Missouri Highsteppers perform in the Homecoming parade. Photo by Mikala Compton

Kappa Delta sorority members cheer at the homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Kappa Delta sorority members cheer at the Homecoming parade. Photo by Mikala Compton

Community members gather around Farmhouse fraternity and watch their skit based off of their theme of The Lorax in Greek Town during the homecoming house decoration showcase on Friday, Oct. 22, 2016

Community members gather around Farmhouse fraternity and watch their skit based on their theme The Lorax in Greek Town during the Homecoming house decoration showcase. Photo by Mikala Compton

A woman takes a photo of the house decorations created by Sigma Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon during the homecoming house decoration showcase on Friday, Oct. 22, 2016.

A woman takes a photo of the house decorations created by Sigma Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon during the Homecoming house decoration showcase. Photo by Mikala Compton

Chi Omega sorority member Emily Brown, middle, smiles as fake snow falls upon the crowd gathered to watch the skit put together by Chi Omega and Delta Chi that was based on their theme of The Grinch.

Chi Omega sorority member Emily Brown, middle, smiles as artificial snow falls upon the crowd gathered to watch the Chi Omega and Delta Chi skit based on their Grinch theme. Photo by Mikala Compton

Mike Puricelli and Elizabeth Puricelli laugh as their 11-month-old daughter, Annalise Puricelli, is mesmorized by the Christmas lights hanging outside of Chi Omega sorority during the homecoming house decoration showcase on Friday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Mike Puricelli and Elizabeth Puricelli laugh as their 11-month-old daughter, Annalise Puricelli, is mesmerized by the Christmas lights hanging outside the Chi Omega sorority during the Homecoming house decoration showcase. Photo by Mikala Compton

Community members look at the pomped replica of Memorial Union made by Alpha Phi, Phi Gamma Delta and Beta Upsilon Chi during the homecoming house decoration showcase on Friday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Community members look at the pomped replica of Memorial Union made by Alpha Phi, Phi Gamma Delta and Beta Upsilon Chi during the Homecoming house decoration showcase. Photo by Mikala Compton

Attendees at the LBC Homecoming Black Tourmaline Ball have some fun on the dance floor. Photo by Ymani Wince

Attendees at the Legion of Black Collegians Homecoming Black Tourmaline Ball have some fun on the dance floor. Photo by Ymani Wince

Seniors Maza Wole and Okey Ukaga are crowned this year’s LBC Homecoming King and Queen. Photo by Ymani Wince

Seniors Maza Wole and Okey Ukaga are crowned this year’s LBC Homecoming King and Queen. Photo by Ymani Wince

The winners of the Legion of Black Collegians Homecoming Court pose for a picture. Photo by Ymani Wince

The Legion of Black Collegians Homecoming court poses for a picture. Photo by Ymani Wince

Chris Prestigiacomo, faculty associat teaching professor in accountancy reads a book where most participants are glued to their smart phones. Photo by Rob Hill

Chris Prestigiacomo, associate teaching professor in accountancy, reads a book during the Homecoming blood drive, while most participants are glued to their smart phones. Photo by Rob Hill

Kellen Renard is comforted by Emory McCloud, left, before she gives blood. After technicians were unable to locate a vein and Kellen did not give blood. Photo by Rob Hill

Kellen Renard is comforted by Emory McCloud, left, before she gives blood. Technicians were unable to locate a vein, and Kellen did not donate. Photo by Rob Hill

Kristina Pottinger shares information on her phone with Red Cross technician Shalvona Dicken. Photo by Rob Hill

Kristina Pottinger shares information on her phone with Red Cross technician Shalvona Dicken. Photo by Rob Hill

MU students and staff participate in the Homecoming Blood Drive at the Hearnes Center fieldhouse. Photo by Rob Hill

MU students and staff participate in the Homecoming Blood Drive at the Hearnes Center fieldhouse. Photo by Rob Hill

Charlotte’s Web was the storybook theme for Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Gamma Rho for Homecoming 2016. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Charlotte’s Web was the storybook theme for Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Gamma Rho for Homecoming 2016. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Charlotte’s Web was the storybook theme for Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Gamma Rho for Homecoming 2016. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Charlotte’s Web was the storybook theme for Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Gamma Rho for Homecoming 2016. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A separate team of dancers, composed of sorority women and fraternity men, are required for every skit performed at the Homecoming Talent show. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

A separate team of dancers, composed of sorority women and fraternity men, are required for every skit performed at the Homecoming Talent show. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

The men of Delta Sigma Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha skit consisted of the theme Robin Hood and also most of the characters were based off of Mizzou freshmen. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

The men of Delta Sigma Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha perform a skit around the theme Robin Hood and with characters based on Mizzou freshmen. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Columns stand proud and tall during Kappa Delta, Theta Chi, and Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Homecoming Talent skit Wednesday night. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Columns stand proud and tall during Kappa Delta, Theta Chi and Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Homecoming talent skit. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Members of Kappa Delta, Theta Chi, and Delta Kappa Epsilon perform one of their dances during their skit. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Members of Kappa Delta, Theta Chi and Delta Kappa Epsilon perform one of their dances during their skit. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Members of Production Dance opened for the last night for Homecoming Talent on Wednesday, October 19 at Jesse Hall. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Members of Production Dance open for the last night for Homecoming Talent. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

The men of Sigma Chi and Sigma Tau Gamma joined their pairing, Alpha Chi Omega, the last night of Homecoming Talent on Wednesday evening. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

The men of Sigma Chi and Sigma Tau Gamma join their pairing, Alpha Chi Omega, the last night of Homecoming talent. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Dinosaurs and other popular storybook characters were a huge success on stage during Homecoming Talent 2016. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Dinosaurs and other popular storybook characters prove to be a huge success on stage during Homecoming Talent 2016. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

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Alumni Kimaya Davis and Julian Love host the annual Homecoming Stepshow in Jesse Auditorium. Davis is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Love is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

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Stepshow participants wait patiently for the hosts to announce the winners. The first-place team receives a trophy and $2,000. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. member Chauncey Rice celebrates his fraternity’s first-place win at the Homecoming Stepshow. Photo by Morgan Lieberman

Mimi, a canine fan of the Tigers, rests her legs outside of Memorial Stadium before the game. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mimi, a canine fan of the Tigers, rests her legs outside of Memorial Stadium before the game. Photo by Shane Epping

Art Hochthurn, a Mizzou fan from New Hampshire, suits up for the game. Photo by Shane Epping

Art Hochthurn, a Mizzou fan from New Hampshire, suits up for the game. Photo by Shane Epping

Linda and Roy Schnieders make some memories behind their homemade homecoming sign. Photo by Shane Epping.

Linda and Roy Schnieders make some memories behind their homemade homecoming sign. Photo by Shane Epping

Maia and Adrianna Duncan enjoy some tailgating before attending Maia’s first homecoming game. Photo by Shane Epping.

Maia and Adrianna Duncan enjoy some tailgating before attending Maia’s first homecoming game. Photo by Shane Epping

Tamara Ferguson throws a bag of corn while playing a game of cornhole with fellow pre-game tailgaters. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tamara Ferguson throws a bag of corn while playing a game of cornhole with fellow pre-game tailgaters. Photo by Shane Epping

Mizzou and Ol’ Glory flags fly high on the north side of Stadium Boulevard where tailgaters populate a parking lot. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou and Ol’ Glory flags fly high on the north side of Stadium Boulevard where tailgaters populate a parking lot. Photo by Shane Epping

Linda Hackmann sports a custom pair of Mizzou shoes. Photo by Shane Epping

Linda Hackmann sports a custom pair of Mizzou shoes. Photo by Shane Epping

A chandelier adds a touch of class to Jim Jackson and Mark Berendzea’s tailgating tent. Photo by Shane Epping.

A chandelier adds a touch of class to Jim Jackson and Mark Berendzea’s tailgating tent. Photo by Shane Epping

Although Mizzou isn’t scheduled to play Kansas anytime soon, fans keep the rivalry alive and well. Photo by Shane Epping.

Although Mizzou isn’t scheduled to play Kansas anytime soon, fans keep the rivalry alive and well. Photo by Shane Epping

Karaoke could be found on the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium where ‘Rocket Man’ was a crowd favorite. Photo by Shane Epping.

Karaoke could be found on the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium where ‘Rocket Man’ was a crowd favorite. Photo by Shane Epping

Truman shakes hands with a fan who poses for a cell phone picture on Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman shakes hands with a fan who poses for a cell phone picture on Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping

Fireworks explode on the north side of Memorial Stadium before the game begins. Photo by Shane Epping.

Fireworks explode on the north side of Memorial Stadium before the game begins. Photo by Shane Epping

Alumni members of Marching Mizzou return to Faurot Field to perform as part of Homecoming festivities. Photo by Shane Epping.

Alumni members of Marching Mizzou return to Faurot Field to perform as part of Homecoming festivities. Photo by Shane Epping

A Marching Mizzou Alumni Band member takes his position as drum major. Photo by Shane Epping.

A Marching Mizzou Alumni Band member takes his position as drum major. Photo by Shane Epping

Players prepare to exit the south end of Memorial Stadium and run onto the field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Players prepare to exit the south end of Memorial Stadium and run onto the field. Photo by Shane Epping

Head coach Barry Odom joins his players on the south end of Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping.

Head coach Barry Odom joins his players on the south end of Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping

Mizzou players run onto the field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou players run onto the field. Photo by Shane Epping

Defensive lineman Terry Beckner, Jr., left, and defensive lineman Charles Harris take a knee to pray before the game begins. Photo by Shane Epping.

Defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr., left, and defensive lineman Charles Harris take a knee to pray before the game begins. Photo by Shane Epping

Truman and members of Tiger’s Lair raise their arms during the opening kickoff. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman and members of Tiger’s Lair raise their arms during the opening kickoff. Photo by Shane Epping

Wide receiver Dimetrios Mason runs for a gain after receiving a pass from Drew Lock. Photo by Shane Epping.

Wide receiver Dimetrios Mason runs for a gain after receiving a pass from Drew Lock. Photo by Shane Epping

Running back Damarea Crockett celebrates a touchdown after a 4-yard run to give the Tigers their first points in the game. Photo by Shane Epping.

Running back Damarea Crockett celebrates a touchdown after a 4-yard run to give the Tigers their first points in the game. Photo by Shane Epping

Running back Ish Witter rushed for 121 net yards with 19 carries. Photo by Shane Epping.

Running back Ish Witter rushed for 121 net yards with 19 carries. Photo by Shane Epping

Tight end Kendall Blanton receives a 15-yard pass from Drew Lock and scores Mizzou’s second touchdown to put the Tigers ahead, 14-13. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tight end Kendall Blanton receives a 15-yard pass from Drew Lock and scores Mizzou’s second touchdown to put the Tigers ahead, 14-13. Photo by Shane Epping

The Mizzou Alumni Association honors the inaugural alumni inductees of the Mizzou Homecoming Hall of fame: Linda Godwin and Kellen Winslow. Inductee David Novak was not present. Photo by Shane Epping.

The Mizzou Alumni Association honors the inaugural alumni inductees of the Mizzou Homecoming Hall of fame: Linda Godwin, a retired astronaut and current Mizzou professor, and Kellen Winslow, a former San Diego Chargers player. Inductee David Novak executive chairman of YUM! Brands Inc.,, was not present. Photo by Shane Epping

Big Mo sounds off after a Mizzou score. Photo by Shane Epping.

Big Mo sounds off after a Mizzou score. Photo by Shane Epping

Wide receiver J’Mon Moore receives a 40-yard pass from Drew Lock in the second quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

Wide receiver J’Mon Moore receives a 40-yard pass from Drew Lock in the second quarter. Photo by Shane Epping

Wide receiver J’Mon Moore fumbles the ball on the 15-yard line, resulting in a Middle Tennessee State touchback. Photo by Shane Epping.

Wide receiver J’Mon Moore fumbles the ball on the 15-yard line, resulting in a Middle Tennessee State touchback. Photo by Shane Epping

Running back Damarea Crockett rushes for two yards and scores a touchdown to put Mizzou ahead, 28-27. Photo by Shane Epping.

Running back Damarea Crockett rushes for two yards and scores a touchdown to put Mizzou ahead, 28-27. Photo by Shane Epping

Members of Marching Mizzou perform during half-time. Photo by Shane Epping.

Members of Marching Mizzou perform during halftime. Photo by Shane Epping

Alyssa Goldberg reacts to winning this year’s Homecoming Queen honor. Photo by Shane Epping.

Alyssa Goldberg reacts to winning this year’s Homecoming queen honor. Photo by Shane Epping

Homecoming 2016 king and queen candidates (Payton Head and Allison Fitts, seventh and eighth from left): Patrick Graham, Alex McCrosky, Louis Scola, Mary Kate Kelly, Nicholas Seidel, Alyssa Goldberg, Garrett Romines, Jennifer McNamara, Bryce Bogart, and Lauren Alexander. Seidel and Goldberg were crowned this year’s royalty. Photo by Shane Epping.

2015 king and queen Payton Head and Allison Fitts, seventh and eighth from left, join Homecoming 2016 royalty candidates (from left) Patrick Graham, Alex McCrosky, Louis Scola, Mary Kate Kelly, Nicholas Seidel, Alyssa Goldberg, Garrett Romines, Jennifer McNamara, Bryce Bogart and Lauren Alexander. Seidel and Goldberg were crowned this year’s king and queen. Photo by Shane Epping

Members of the 1991 Golden Girls national championship team pose for a portrait with Truman. Their 1991 title netted them a trip to Japan. Photo by Shane Epping.

Members of the 1991 Golden Girls national championship team pose for a portrait with Truman. Their 1991 title earned them a trip to Japan. Photo by Shane Epping

Wide receiver Ray Wingo celebrates a touchdown after receiving a 17-yard pass from Drew Lock in the fourth quarter to make the score 45-48. Photo by Shane Epping.

Wide receiver Ray Wingo celebrates a touchdown after receiving a 17-yard pass from Drew Lock in the fourth quarter to make the score 45-48. Photo by Shane Epping

Linebacker Donavin Newsom brings down Middle Tennessee’s running back I’Tavius Mathers. Photo by Shane Epping.

Linebacker Donavin Newsom brings down Middle Tennessee’s running back I’Tavius Mathers. Photo by Shane Epping

Linebacker Donavin Newsom leaves the field after a 45-51 loss to Middle Tennessee State University. Newsom had 11 total tackles, eight of which were solo. Photo by Shane Epping.

Linebacker Donavin Newsom leaves the field after a 45-51 loss to Middle Tennessee State University. Newsom had 11 total tackles, eight of which were solo. Photo by Shane Epping

Members of Marching Mizzou prepare to perform during half-time. Photo by Shane Epping.

Members of Marching Mizzou prepare to perform during half-time. Photo by Shane Epping

The Golden Girls perform during half-time. Photo by Shane Epping.

The Golden Girls perform during half-time. Photo by Shane Epping.

Katelyn Entzeroth take the field during half-time festivities. Photo by Shane Epping.

2016 Homecoming tri-directors Elle Miller, Ryan Eisenbath and Katelyn Entzeroth take the field during half-time festivities. Photo by Shane Epping

Mizzou’s 2015 Homecoming King and Queen, Payton Head and Allison Fitts, wave to the crowd and prepare to crown this year’s royalty. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou’s 2015 Homecoming king and queen, Payton Head and Allison Fitts, wave to the crowd and prepare to crown this year’s royalty. Photo by Shane Epping.

A Missouri state trooper adjusts his wide-brimmed hat while watching over the crowd from the west side of Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping.

A Missouri state trooper adjusts his wide-brimmed hat while watching over the crowd from the west side of Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping.

Toddler asleep in a backpack.

Catherine Hensley takes a nap on her dad’s back before action begins on the field. Her parents, Jon and Melissa, are both Mizzou alumni. Photo by Shane Epping.