By Brandon Boatwright

CLEMSON – Clemson will be covered in orange Friday, Sept. 4, as the community prepares to kick off the 2009 Clemson University football season with the traditional First Friday Parade.

The parade along Old Greenville Highway (S.C. 93) will start at 6 p.m. by the intersection with Cherry Road near the President’s Home and end at the intersection of Williamson Road. 

The theme for this year’s parade is “We’re ‘All In’ for Clemson,” chosen to mark a new era in Tiger football under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. The 2009 season will be his first full season as Clemson’s head coach.   

Sponsored by the student organization Central Spirit and the Clemson Alumni Association, the parade will feature colorful floats built by sororities, Tiger Band, the cheerleaders and Rally Cats, the Tiger and Tiger Cub mascots, Miss First Friday and more. Leading the parade will be grand marshal Levon Kirkland, former Clemson football standout and NFL Pro Bowl player. Kirkland was inducted into Clemson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and now works in the admissions office.

A pep rally will follow the parade at Riggs Field.