EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - Thousands gathered to watch U.W. Eau Claire's homecoming parade Saturday morning as floats, marching bands, students and alumni filled the streets.
The fun and celebrations continued at Carson Park where current and former Blugolds got together to watch the football team win against U.W. Stout and to reconnect with former classmates.
"It's a really good opportunity for all of the students here to sort of get together and celebrate why we go to this school, and as well as expressing our school spirit," student Gretchen Aplin said.
More than 35 years after graduation, Joy and Peter Wachs continued their tradition of travelling more than one thousand miles from their home in Mountain City, Tennessee to reacquaint themselves with friends, family and the campus that brought them together.
"We love to see the changes and just how that the spirit of excellence, like it says on the motto is reiterated time and time again, year after year, with new buildings, new programs, new people, new students," Peter Wachs said.
The Wachs's also came to cheer on their nephew who's a senior safety on the Blugolds football team.
"We only have one niece and one nephew who have gone to Eau Claire, so we try to support them more than the rest, because we think it's important that they're here," Joy Wachs said.
Blugold football alum Glenn Nelson said he drove more than three hours to meet with former teammates before Saturday's game.
"Some of my greatest friendships have been with the people I met in Eau Claire. Getting back and seeing those people, this is one reason for me to get back and meet those people at least once a year," Nelson said.
"It's a lot like it was when we were here. That hasn't changed. Students can still get excited about homecoming, about football, and about being a Blugold," Peter Wachs said.