India Shrine Bringing Units to SWOSU Homecoming Parade
Southwestern Oklahoma State University's annual Homecoming parade this year on October 24 will have some extra special visitors.
India Shriners of Oklahoma City will be bringing many of their units to the SWOSU Homecoming parade at 3 p.m. in downtown Weatherford. The India Shriners, chartered in 1894, is one of three Shrine Centers in Oklahoma.
The Shriners will have multiple units consisting of cars, horses, motorcycles, mini cars and trailers.
Brian Adler, director of public relations & marketing at SWOSU, said the Shriners typically choose one parade to attend on a weekend and they chose SWOSU's parade for October 24.
"They always add a lot of fun and excitement to an event and we are so pleased that they are coming to SWOSU's homecoming this year," Adler said.
The Oklahoma Shrine Centers operate hospital transportation programs to transport pediatric patients to and from the various 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children located throughout North America. The hospitals are known as leading experts in the fields of orthopedics, burns, brittle bone, spinal cord injury, port wine stain and cleft pallet.
Collectively, these three Shrine Centers in Oklahoma have a current patient load of approximately 2,200 patients. These children are transported and housed at no expense to their families. India Shriners in Oklahoma City has a fleet of nine vans that roll constantly transporting some 940 patients to and from the various hospitals in the system and housing them and their families while at their appointments.
Deadline for entries in this year's SWOSU parade is Monday, October 19.Entry forms are available at the SWOSU PR/Marketing and Alumni offices, Weatherford Area Chamber of Commerce and at American Insurance Group.