What it’s like to attend homecoming at the school that made the tradition what it is today

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Missouri’s mascot, Truman the Tiger stands with students at the start of the homecoming football game. Amanda Macias/Business Insider

It’s homecoming week at the University of Missouri, or “Mizzou,” as students and alumni like to say.

While other schools claim they invented homecoming, Mizzou made the tradition what it is today. The school holds the largest student-run homecoming in the nation, with a parade, blood drive, talent competition, tailgate, and campus decorations, according to Chancellor Bowen Loftin.

Full disclosure: Amanda Macias bleeds black and gold. MIZZOU Rah!

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