Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tide's Traditions: Homecoming

This weekend is homecoming at Alabama. So of course, I am going to put on my crimson and white, grab make shaker and make an appearance. I love homecoming!!! I don’t have many words that I can use to describe homecoming at the University of Alabama. Really, words can’t describe it… but I will try.
Homecoming week is one of the most crazy, insane and FUN times at Alabama. The entire week is one intense battle of sororities and fraternities. Every night/day there are more than one competition all leading up to the grand finale of all events {keep reading}. You spend all day all night at “the house” {sorority house} with the fraternity you are paired with {normally every sorority is paired with 2-3 frats} working to perfect your lawn decoration {this is the grand finale event, judged on Friday morning}. Hours and hours of pomping go into this this week. What’s a lawn decoration? What’s pomping? You might ask! A pomp is a tiny rolled up ball of tissue paper or sheets of tissue paper shoved into chicken wire… most sororities do both styles of pomping. These pomps compile the extravagant lawn d├ęcor you are sure to see at U of A on a Homecoming Saturday.

When I was at Bama, I looked forward to Homecoming cause even after I left I always came back and the weekend was sure to bring lots of fun. I still look forward to it cause I always know my friends are going to be coming back for the weekend.

Here are some of my sororities lawn decorations since I have been in college… and since I have graduated.

These were from my Freshman year! It was one of the University's anniversarys and in the middle was a giant crimson and white cake. I don't have a picture of it :( but that is me and my mom standing in the cake walk way. It was hands down the best lawn decoration and did not place but it was sooo good.

This was from my Sophomore year. Not one of our best lawn decorations but they are all great in my opinion cause I know how much hard word is put into even the simplest decorations.
This was from Senior year. I do not have Junior year but it was fantastic as well! You can see we placed this year and we placed junior year as well. I think Junior year we got 1st and this year 2nd or 3rd.

This was last years! It was great, too. So proud of the girls for keeping up all the hard work.

A lot of sororities also have fun things on their lawn aside from the main decorations that you can stop and take pictures with...

I have tons of pictures of pretty much every sorority house's decorations from the last 5 years but I would not be able to put those on there cause that is A LOT!

Just a little taste about what homecoming is all about at the U of A... it is a pretty big deal and the sororities get really into it. It's fun, especially when you win.

Roll Tide, Beat Vandy!


Emily said...

Happy homecoming weekend!! xo

{av} | {long distance loving} said...

Looks like you all had a great homecoming, if you count the outcome of the game ;) congrats on the win! I loved learning the "pomping" term...we used to do that in high school for our homecoming floats, I'd just never known the phrase haha. hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! xoxo {av} | {long distance loving}

P.S. I'm hosting a little Lilly Pulitzer giveaway--you're going to love it :)

Heather said...

OMG that looks amazing! I have recently really gotten into Alabama Football and I would love to experience this. I'm defanitely rooting for Alabama every game day! Thanks for the awesome post

Portuguese Prepster said...

happy homecoming weekend! Looks like tons of fun!

Summer Wind said...

Roll Tide!!!! Great pictures!!

Latha Vijayakumar said...

Awesome pictures.
thanks for sharing

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