Ain’t no homecoming like a Howard homecoming because a Howard homecoming don’t stop! People from all over the country, alumni and friends alike, come for Howard University’s Homecoming. They have much to look forward to with events like the YouTube Black FanFest, the Step Show and Yardfest.
“Howard University’s homecoming is both a business and a brand,” the Washington Post reported In 2011. With an estimated crowd of at least 100,000, the influx of people makes the weekend very profitable for businesses on Georgia Avenue and throughout the region.
“You want to enjoy yourself, but with a group that can hold you accountable,” said Howard student Kayla York.
“Do enjoy homecoming, safely,” York advises. “I would go out primarily. It’s a lot of people; literally Howard students past and current are present in addition to others who don’t even attend Howard.”
Here are other dos and don’ts to keep in mind this weekend:
- Enjoy this time, and live your best life. No other experience is like this one.
- Dress to impress. Every day at Howard University is a fashion show, but the style element is magnified during homecoming. Plus you never know who you might see. The Howard University Fashion Show is one of the main events that takes place on Thursday. This year Ella Mai is expected to perform.
- Attend every event possible. Howard University Homecoming differs from others with a free concert on the yard. Yardfest is at noon Friday, and the tailgate on Saturday is another free event.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear heels that you can’t walk in or that make you uncomfortable. Howard University is located on one of the highest hills in Washington, D.C. Be mindful of that.
- Go anywhere alone. If you lose your friends, you’ll probably have a hard time finding them again. (Look at the picture above, and you’ll see why.)
- Overdo anything. Know your limits always.
- Post anything incriminating that could possibly limit you from future opportunities.
- Catch pneumonia in an attempt to look cute. It’s going to be cold outside! Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s this weekend.
Shawna Mizelle covers culture, lifestyles and trends for 101Magazine.net.