South Dakota State University is canceling one of its oldest homecoming traditions. The university will not hold the annual Hobo Day parade this fall, citing logistical concerns due to COVID-19.
A statement on the university’s website says campus officials and the 2020 Hobo Day Committee met over the summer to explore options for the homecoming festivities. The statement says the parade would create significant health and safety concerns in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
The Hobo Day Committee will continue to consider alternative ways to celebrate homecoming.
SDSU is the first public university in the state to announce cancellation of a homecoming event due to COVID-19.