Clemson University will hold its traditional First Friday Parade on Sept. 9, one day prior to the home football opener against Furman. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will take place along Highway 93 between Cherry and Williamson roads. The event will feature appearances by President Jim Clements, Miss Clemson, Miss First Friday, student organizations, spirit groups, Tiger Band and other dignitaries.
“This year’s theme is ‘These Hills are where We Build Success,’” said Carter Duke, Central Spirit’s First Friday director. “I took inspiration from a well-known saying, ‘There’s Something in these Hills.’ I’m excited to see Clemson’s future. Everywhere you look, Clemson is creating opportunities for faculty, staff and students to facilitate a better and more successful future for the community, the university and its students.”
Allison Kwolek will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s First Friday Parade. She serves as the head coach of the varsity women’s lacrosse program, which is set to open its inaugural season at Clemson in Spring 2023.
The parade route will begin at the intersection of Cherry Road and Hwy 93 in front of the Hub at Douthit Hills. Participants involved in the parade are asked to line up in the area near the police substation of the Hub at Douthit Hills. Intersections along Hwy 93 will be blocked to traffic just prior to the start of the parade. Roads will re-open once the event has concluded. Parking is available to spectators in downtown Clemson, as well as the C-3 Lot (IPTAY Lot 5) on the west side of Memorial Stadium.