Mizzou fans, friends and alumni all crowded the streets of Columbia this past weekend to celebrate Homecoming 2017. It’s been 106 years since Chester Brewer first invited alumni to return home for the Missouri-Kansas football game, and the tradition has only grown since then. The festivities began early this year, with the annual kick-off parade set for a 7:30 a.m. start time. Despite the early morning, Tiger fans and their families showed up in droves to cheer on the caravan of elaborately decorated floats passing by.

This is a picture of Mizzou students dressed in Black and Gold walking in the Homecoming parade

Students participating in the Mizzou Homecoming parade is one of Mizzou’s proudest traditions. Photo by Jenny McNamara

Later that morning, Tigers congregated around Memorial Stadium to participate in early morning tailgates before heading inside to watch the first Tiger home game in weeks. The Tigers defeated the Idaho Vandals 68-21, and the team was happy to celebrate with the students after the victory!

This is a picture of Adam Ploudre lifts J'Mon Moore in celebration after the Tigers win.

Adam Ploudre lifts J’Mon Moore in celebration after the Tigers win. Photo by Mikala Compton

 

This is a picture of the Mizzou Golden Girls dancing.

The Mizzou Golden Girls entertained the crowd throughout the game. Photo by Mikala Compton.

 

Students in the Tiger’s Lair section at the game kept energy high throughout the game. Photo by Mikala Compton

At halftime 20 royalty candidates were introduced to the crowd. The couples walked across the field surrounded by the student-run Homecoming Steering Committee and Marching Mizzou. Tori Schafer, senior majoring in political science with a minor in journalism, and Sean Earl, senior in electrical engineering with minors in mathematics and political science, were named as this year’s Homecoming Queen and King.

Seniors Sean Earl and Tori Schafer were named Homecoming King and Queen. Photo by Mikala Compton

In the week leading up to Homecoming, the entire campus and the surrounding community was buzzing with activity. Student groups “decorated the district” by painting images of campus traditions on business store fronts in downtown Columbia. The annual Step Show, a competition to see which fraternity and sorority strolls and steps the best rocked Jesse Auditorium. A three-day long talent show highlighted the best of the best Mizzou traditions.

Mizzou students dancing during the Step Show

Step Show dances from NPHC sororities showed off their moves. Photo by Mikala Compton

This is a picture of feet jumping and dancing.

Participants of the Mizzou NPHC Step Show knew how to move their feet. Photo by Mikala Compton

A special treat for Mizzou fans was the renewed, even for just one year, Border War basketball game between Mizzou and the University of Kansas. The Showdown for Relief brought more than 9,000 Tiger fans to the Sprint Center in Kansas City. With half the crowd sporting Black and Gold, the energy for an exciting year of Mizzou Basketball was obvious. The Tigers managed to come within 6 points of beating their former foes, and the fans loved every minute of it. Best yet, the exhibition game raised more than $1.75 million for hurricane relief, helping communities and families from Puerto Rico to Texas. It was an amazing end to an amazing Homecoming weekend.

A Tiger fan dances for the crowd during a pregame event in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.

A Tiger fan dances for the crowd during a pregame event in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. Photo by Nicholas Benner

Nearly 19,000 fans of both teams filled the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Nearly 19,000 fans of both teams filled the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Photo by Nicholas Benner

Michael Porter Jr. shoots a 3-pointer in the second half. The five-star recruit finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and a pair of assists.

Michael Porter Jr. shoots a 3-pointer in the second half. The five-star recruit finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Photo by Nicholas Benner