Florida A&M Homecoming

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The annual FAMU homecoming parade got underway with a bang as the sights and sounds of the traditional event took over the streets of downtown Tallahassee. It's a perfect start to an entertaining evening.

After a whirlwind parade, Rattlers were slithering their way to campus for some food hot off the grill.

James Jackson, a veteran tailgater, said, "We cook ribs, chicken, steak, Italian sausage, onions, and bell peppers."

John Peters, a younger fan of the Rattlers, added, "I've been coming out here for eight years and what makes homecoming so exciting is the smell of the food."

James Jackson continued the talk about the food tradition, "Turkey, turkey legs, fried turkey, and deer sausage."

Jozell McWhite, a FAMU fan, added, "Cooking the food, buying different things. The T-shirts, the shades, belts, traditional things."

But tailgaters had to sit through long lines of traffic before enjoying homecoming festivities. Tallahassee Police were out in full force around campus making sure things moved smoothly, but a blackout downtown made for a very interesting morning.

John Newland, Public Information Officer for the Tallahassee Police Department, said, "Unfortunately for about 40 minutes a transformer blew downtown in the Pensacola area and it knocked out about four to six signals down there, which even made the parade traffic congested."

Congestion aside, Rattlers had one goal to enjoy a fun-filled day of football with family and friends.