UHD Cheerleaders, Gatorettes Participating in Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Mike Emery
Thanksgiving is affectionately known as “Turkey Day.” This year’s holiday, however, will have an added dash of Gator Pride, courtesy of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD).
UHD’s cheerleaders and Gatorettes dance team will participate in the H.E.B. Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Houston. The event kicks off at 9 a.m., Nov. 22 and will begin at Smith and Lamar streets. A complete route is available here.
This is the second year that the cheerleaders and Gatorettes have participated in this citywide event.
“I, as well as my fellow cheerleaders are very excited to be a part of this parade,” said student Madisyn Fruge, president of the UHD cheerleaders. “It’s an opportunity to show our school spirit, as well as holiday spirit.”
UHD’s cheer and dance squads maintain a regular a presence at major UHD events and have appeared at other local parades, including the MLK Day Grande Parade. According to Fruge, participating in major city events helps spotlight UHD to new audiences and showcases the talents of its students.
“We love our community and our school, so any time we get to promote UHD in a major parade, we will gladly do so,” she said. “It’s important to take part in events like this week’s Thanksgiving Parade because some people may not be familiar with UHD. By showing our school spirit, it may inspire others to become Gators.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.