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Snake dance is a term used to refer to a parade before or during a high school or college homecoming event. The parade includes floats built by each high school class, marching bands, students, and alumni. Snake dance may also be more narrowly used to describe the student parade or a celebratory parade. It usually starts in a central business district or school location and ends with an evening bonfire and pep rally near the school. "Snake" refers to a line of students and "Snake Dance" is a traditional term. The University of Northern Iowa archives refer to Snake Dance as early as 1922. A 1911 Associated Press dispatch covering Philadelphia fans celebrating the Philadelphia Athletics victory in Game 2 of the 1911 World Series reported, "Staid business and professional men joined their office boys and ragged urchins in a snake dance around city hall".
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