Streets start closing at 4 p.m. on Friday for UI’s Homecoming parade

The route for the 2018 UI Homecoming parade. — via the City of Iowa City

Streets in downtown Iowa City will start closing at 4 p.m. for the University of Iowa’s Homecoming parade. The parade is scheduled to wend its way through downtown beginning at 5:45 p.m., and going from the intersection of Washington and Gilbert streets to the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert.

The city released the following schedule of closings.

At 4 p.m. on Friday:

• Van Buren Street, between Market and College

• Johnson Street, between Market and Burlington

• College Street, between Van Buren and Dodge

• Washington Street, between Gilbert and Dodge

• Iowa Avenue, between Gilbert and Dodge

• Jefferson Street, between Gilbert and Dodge


At 4:30 p.m. on Friday:

• Clinton Street, between Market and College

• Dubuque Street, between Jefferson and Washington

• Washington Street, between Clinton and Gilbert

• Iowa Avenue, between Clinton and Gilbert


At 5:30 p.m. on Friday:

• Gilbert Street, between Market and College

• Jefferson Street, between Madison and Gilbert

Most of the streets should start reopening after the parade concludes, but according to the city, “Clinton Street, between Washington and Jefferson Street, and Iowa Avenue, between Clinton and Dubuque Streets, will remain closed for the Homecoming Coronation and a concert on the Pentacrest.”

Minneapolis-based alternative hip-hop artist Lizzo will headline the concert, which also features LAV.ISH, a musical collective that formed while its members were undergraduates at UI. For younger kids, the Iowa Memorial Union is hosting a “Family Fun Open House” after the parade, with live music, a balloon play area and other family-friendly activities, as well as snacks.

UI has been celebrating Homecoming since 1912, but this year it’s also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hawkeye icon Nile Kinnick.

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