‘Floatelodian’ serves up slime at Raley Lot


Alexander McCall

Chancellor Kenneth Peacock slimes housing staff member Jordan Luzader late Friday night. Various clubs, organizations and residence halls gathered in Raley Parking Lot to put together their floats for the homecoming parade. Photo by Molly Cogburn  |  The Appalachian
Raley Parking Lot transformed into an extended construction site for various wacky and complex parade floats Friday 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday.

The “Floatedlodian” float-building event attracted students from a variety of campus clubs and organizations, all working on their floats for the annual Homecoming parade.

The purpose of the event “is to provide a non-alcoholic community atmosphere where students, faculty and staff can come together to get excited for homecoming and to build floats,” said Dustin Evatt, assistant director for Organizational Leadership and Advising in CSIL.  

The event contained special performances and fun side shows to entertain patrons and float constructors.

“We are really just going above and beyond this year,” Club Council President Zoe Deloglos said.

Organized by Deloglos and Caroline Bledsoe, recreation committee head, the event hosted many entertainment avenues, including different performances and demonstrations put on by student organizations every 30 minutes, ranging from a capella choirs to yoga and meditation.

“It took a lot of planning and delegating and it has turned out really great,” Bledsoe said.

Excitement at the event mounted when Chancellor Kenneth Peacock began sliming students, faculty and staff, keeping with the ’90s-related theme of “Floatelodeon.” 

Many groups worked at different paces on designs ranging from heavily decorated pick-up trucks to complex structures on larger trailers and dinosaurs with moving heads.

“It’s been a long process,” senior geography major Conner Brannan said of the Appalachian Student Ambassadors’ replica of the Titanic. “We’ve probably worked like 10 or 11 days.”

The floats were displayed in Saturday’s homecoming parade.

Story: CRAMER LEWIS, Intern A&E Reporter
Photo: MOLLY COGBURN, Intern Photographer