Only in Texas: What are Homecoming Mums?
Now, if you’re not from around here, we’re here to help you get up to speed! There’s a lot to learn about this Texas tradition, let us break it down for you!
Homecoming in High School is normally a week-long event to celebrate the Senior athletes.
There is typically a parade, a football and or/basketball/baseball game and a dance.
The parade, typically organized by the school, involves multiple floats for each of the school’s sports and associations with decorated floats. There is a theme for the whole parade ie under the sea or space etc and all the floats are decorated to match this theme. The floats leave from a central place in the school grounds and drive a short circuit throwing candy to the bystanders. All the feeder schools including elementary and middle schools usually participate with a float too.
The homecoming game is a really big event with the band and cheerleaders and draws a huge crowd. It is typically on the Friday night and the homecoming king and queen are announced and crowned. These are positions voted on by their peers.
What do I need to know?
On the day of the homecoming game, the boys give their dates a “mum”(see explanation below) and the girls give their dates a “garter”. These are typically in school colors and can be as extravagant and as huge as you can imagine!!
The Homecoming Dance (or HOCO) is on the Saturday night and can be held at school or off premises. Groups of friends usually get dressed up, but not formal attire, head out to dinner and then off the dance, sometimes in a limousine.
Inviting a date to HOCO has become a big deal. Check out pinterest for a million ideas on a HOCO proposal, this can be as simple as some donuts but often involves a sign with a written invitation.
Homecoming mums are a Texas tradition and appear to get bigger and more elaborate each year. It started as a very simple chrysanthemum given from a boy to his date.
Just add silk flowers, attach lots of ribbons, bells, stickers, feathers, LED lights (optional), and sometimes add music (streaming music through Bluetooth into speakers). Girls parade all over school like cows with bells around their necks.
The mums can be ordered through grocery stores, the school or there are even Mum stores!
Some people make their own with supplies from Michaels or Hobby Lobby but most people buy them and tailor them to the individual girl and boy they are for ie if the boy plays soccer and the girl is on the cheer team, the mum might contain a bear with a cheer costume and a soccer ball.
The girls wear the mums at school on the day of the Homecoming Game and to the Homecoming Game. And these mums aren’t cheap – they start at around $30 and go all the way up to $300 and higher, think lights, the works, the sky’s the limit!
Girls buy or make their dates a garter. They wear this on their arm and it usually matches the mum that she wears.
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