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TSU celebrates centennial homecoming

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A big weekend is in store for Tennessee State University, as alumni and fans from all over the country are in town to celebrate an historic homecoming.

Thousands were on hand for an on-campus pep rally Friday, and thousands more are expected for Saturday's parade and football game.

Because the event is the 100th TSU homecoming, the school is honoring some of its oldest living former students.

Among them is 97-year-old Burnece Walker Brunson, who was a TSU cheerleader in the early 1930s.

"We just kind of did a little bit. We didn't do the flips and all that. That's one of the biggest changes - and the large group of cheerleaders, and most of the cheerleaders were boys on the team," Brunson said.

With record crowds expected, security is also a concern this weekend. More than 65 Metro police officers will be lining the parade route to help keep everyone safe.

The parade will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. near the Gentry Center exit on Walter S. Davis Boulevard. It will then travel east to Ed Temple Boulevard, south to John A. Merritt Boulevard, west to 33rd Avenue North and then south to Albion Street, where the parade officially ends.

TSU takes on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at LP Field at 5 p.m., and gates to the stadium open at 3:30 p.m.

Fans with pre-paid parking passes, which have been sold out, will be allowed to begin parking in lots A, B, C and D at 7:30 a.m. All other lots will charge $20 to park and open at 10 a.m.

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