Main Street was lined with hundreds of people Saturday morning in anticipation of the sights and sounds from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s homecoming parade. While attendees waited on the parade to begin, some decide to partake of the various foods from vendors who offered everything from turkey legs to soda to quench patrons thirst while in the heat.
“This is our first time here,” said Milton Smith, who is the owner of Gabe’s Kitchen. “We’re offering polish sausage, turkey legs, hot dogs, nachos, chili cheese nachos, and barbecue nachos.”
Smith traveled from Little Rock to be a part of the homecoming festivities. He set up his mobile business at Third and Main Street as people flocked to his cooler to purchase ice cold drinks for $1, including Regina Bradford.
“This is a yearly tradition,” said Bradford, who is a Pine Bluff native and UAPB alumna. “You start off with the parade, you start off with the tailgating and you end up with the game — all of that tied together in one day is exciting. You get to hug, you get to kiss, you get to mingle, laugh, see, cry and say ‘hey, hi,' so it’s just good to be back with my alumni and UAPB lion family.”
Raye Jean Montague, an AM&N College alumna, kicked off the parade as the marshal followed by a long fleet of Corvette’s with members of the UAPB Student Government Association sitting atop several. Just to get a glimpse at not only UAPB’s band, but also the Golden Girls, brought many out to the parade like Pine Bluff native Henry Love.
“We come every year,” said Love ,who brought his wife, two grandchildren and two of his son-in-law’s to the event. “I love UAPB. I like the band and the dancers.”