Fashion expert and Northwestern alum Clinton Kelly, co-host of The Learning Channel’s fashion makeover show “What Not To Wear,” will be the star attraction during Northwestern’s 2007 Homecoming festivities this weekend.

Kelly, who received a master’s degree in journalism at NU in 1993, will serve as the Grand Marshal for Friday night’s Homecoming Parade.

The parade begins at 8 p.m. at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue, and proceeds north on Sheridan Road to Lincoln Street.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday access to the campus will be limited until after the parade ends about 9:30 p.m.

Access to all lots and drives east of Sheridan Road will be closed. Lincoln Street will remain open to westbound traffic until the parade reaches the street, after which, it will be closed until the parade ends.

Other Homecoming events that are open to the public include the Friday night pre-parade Homecoming concert and pep rally and the Saturday football game.

During the 7 p.m. Friday Homecoming Concert and Pep Rally at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., the Wildcat Marching Band will perform pre-game, half-time and Ryan Field favorites. The program also features appearances by the Northwestern Ladycats dance team, cheerleaders, Willie the mascot and Wildcats Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald. Admission is free.

The 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Homecoming Game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be held at Ryan Field. Sideline tickets are $50 each; end zone tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for students with IDs. Corner (section 113) seats for groups of 50 or more are $25 each. To purchase tickets by phone, call (847) 491-0287 (CATS). Tickes are also available online and from the athletic ticket office at 1501 Central St. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

More information about homecoming events is available at the homecoming and alumni association websites.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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