is a term used to refer to a parade before or during a high school or college homecoming
event. The parade includes floats built by each high school class, marching bands, students, and alumni. Snake dance
may also be more narrowly used to describe the student parade. It usually starts in a central business district or school location and ends with an evening bonfire and pep rally near the school. "Snake" refers to a line of students and "Snake Dance" is a traditional term. The University of Northern Iowa archives refer to Snake Dance as early as 1922.
Snake Dance can also refer to a part of the Pueblo American Indian celebrations. It originated from the Dream Dance.
Authors experience in McHenry County, Illinois in late 1970s