Community invited to take part in Wichita State’s Shocktoberfest Parade   

  • Wichita State is hosting a campus parade that anyone in the community is invited to take part in.
  • Those who don't want to be in the parade are welcome to enjoy the parade and vote in the float contest.
  • Following the parade, all are invited to the Patio Party at WSU's Braeburn Square.

Wichita State University is holding a parade next month and is inviting anyone in the community to join in.

Starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 on the WSU campus, the parade is part of the university’s annual Shocktoberfest celebration.  

Shocker students, employees, campus partners, alumni, donors or simply fans of Wichita State are welcome. Individuals or groups can sign up to walk in the parade or take part with their own decorated vehicle, float or inflatable.

The theme is “Parade for the Decades,” and there will be four $500 prizes for the following: 

  • Wu’s Winner: Entertainment on Point
  • Best Use of the Theme
  • Most Creative
  • People’s Choice Award 

Click here to register to be in the parade and click here to read more about the parade.
The parade will launch just east of the John Bardo Center on WSU’s Innovation Campus and will end at Braeburn Square. Immediately after the parade, the Shocktoberfest Patio Party will be held in Braeburn Square, and all are invited to attend.

Parade winners will be announced at the Patio Party, which will include live music from The Source, giveaways and special offers from Braeburn Square restaurants. Bring your own chair or grab a spot on the patio for this casual and fun-filled gathering.

Those who don’t want to be in the parade are invited to bring a lawn chair, snacks and view the talents of Shocker Nation as the parade goes by. All are welcome to cast ballots for the different parade contest categories at the Patio Party.

The parade and party are hosted by WSU Foundation and Alumni Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs.

Anyone with questions can contact Amber Duncan at 316-978-5483 or; or Stacie Williamson at 316-978-3834 or   

Shocktoberfest runs Oct. 2-8 and is Wichita State’s annual fall celebration of Shocker spirit and pride. This multi-day series features events, activities and competitions coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership with support from the Student Activities Council and several campus partners. 
See a list of Shocktoberfest events


About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling almost 22,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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