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Hundreds of Blue Raider supporters turned out Oct. 5, 2013, for the traditional Middle Tennessee State University Homecoming Parade along Main Street and Middle Tennessee Boulevard in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo courtesy of A. Heidt)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --  Homecoming week at Middle Tennessee State University wrapped up Saturday with hundreds of alumni, students and community supporters turning out for the traditional homecoming parade.

With the theme of “The Deep Blue Sea,” all of this week’s events built toward Saturday’s nationally televised football game against East Carolina in Floyd Stadium. It was MTSU’s first home game as a member of Conference USA.

The university officially joined C-USA in July.

Alumnus Chip Walters, known as the voice of the Blue Raiders, and Murfreesboro journalist and sports talk broadcaster Monte Hale Jr., a 1986 graduate, broadcast the Homecoming Parade from The Alumni House front lawn, which was also the location for the Mixer on Middle prior to the parade.

Parade grand marshal was 1987 graduate Darrell Freeman, founder and executive chairman of Zycron Inc., a Nashville-based company that helps hospitals manage information technology, which began in an MTSU dormitory room.

Freeman was the 2002 MTSU Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient. He recently was named by Gov. Bill Haslam to represent the 7th Congressional District on the Tennessee Board of Regents, the governing body for all of the state’s community colleges and most of the public universities.

MTSU 2013-14 Distinguished Alumni recipients Larry Cox of Knoxville, Tenn., and Steve Smith of Brentwood, Tenn., and 2013-14 Young Alumni Achievement honoree Aaron Carlton, of Eagleville, Tenn., and Caracas, Venezuela, rode in the parade and were recognized at the game. Recipient Keith Taylor, of New York City, was unable to attend.

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