Snake dance

Snake dance

Snake dance 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.

References

http://www.emporia.edu/homecoming/snake.htm

http://www.tarleton.edu/~alumni/events.htm

http://www.library.uni.edu/speccoll/homecomingyby

http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/east/HomecomingActivites.pdf

http://www.uwstout.edu/history/fta/fta_02.html

Authors experience in McHenry County, Illinois in late 1970s

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