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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.”

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.