Float 2011

TKE 2011 Homecoming Float

Every Fall, during a 5-day span, Greek Fraternities along with a handful of organizations devote countless hours of hard work and determination towards building intricately designed Floats, made out of mostly chicken wire and pomp, as visual displays that represents the students’ school spirit.

As Tekes at Clemson University, we see this event as an opportunity to become involved with not only the campus community but with the surrounding communities who bring their children out each Fall to view these magnificent displays of valor and commitment. It also provides an enjoyable experience that allows the brothers of TKE to bond and grow as a chapter and eventually the fulfillment of completely a daunting task through a combination of teamwork and leadership.

The Float Week tradition began in 1956 when architecture professor and father of the fraternity system at Clemson, Joe Young, formed a group of men to build a float to carry the Homecoming Queen across the field. Young was displeased that the Homecoming Queen had to walk across the field. Eventually as more fraternities were established at Clemson and wanted to partake in the Homecoming Float, the current system slowly evolved into what it is today.

Each fraternity, or organization, is provided with a lot on Bowman Field and is giving 5 days, spanning from the Monday to the Friday before the homecoming game, to complete their displays of school spirit. Saturday morning the floats are opened up to the general public and subjected to a vigorous judging panel provided by Central Spirit.

During the float constructions, one can find that most fraternities set up a tent next to their float with coaches, tables and sound systems as a place of relaxation from the busy float construction. Some members have even been known to bring sleeping bags out in order to assure their floats completion.