On October 13th, the Confucius Institute at Colorado State University participated in CSU’s homecoming parade. This year the homecoming theme was, “home,” and CICSU participated with the motto, “We’ve come from out of town, out of state, and out of country. From silken fans to whirling batons, from the ancient zither to the modern marching band, from the precious panda to the mighty ram. Our cultures may be different but our hearts are one, and home is where the heart is. Home is the mountains, home is Old Town, home is CSU. We are the Confucius Institute and we are ram-ily!”

CICSU’s parade presentation was unique, a truck and trailer adorned with Chinese fans, traditional pieces of Chinese paper-cutting, and many knick-knacks such as safety knots and “firecrackers.” Inside the trailer traditional Chinese music was played, and following behind a traditional fan dance was performed. CICSU’s panda was very popular as he greeted spectators, distributed Chinese White-Rabbit Candy, and posed for photographs.

CSU’s homecoming parade was a fantastic event to be a part of. Seeing some many diverse campus and community organizations coming together to share their own unique school pride only inspired us to want to do things bigger and better. We here at CICSU hope everyone who attended had a fantastic time and we cannot wait to see you all again next year!