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Gator Growl is the flagship event of the University of Florida and a tradition that has continued to be a prominent for over 90 years. It is a University of Florida tradition that marks the culmination of Homecoming Week. The pep rally is rooted in the tradition of Dad’s Day, when fathers of the then all-male student body would visit their sons on campus. In 1924, Dad’s Day was replaced with a Friday night pep rally, which was then accompanied by the addition of comedy skits in 1932. Thus, Gator Growl was born. The massive production consists of musical and comedic entertainers, Gator athletics and performances by UF’s Cheerleaders, Dazzlers and Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band. Hundreds of students work endless hours to create the annual spectacle. The amount of student participation that goes into an event like this has given Gator Growl the right to call itself the largest student-run pep rally in the nation.
While traditions change over the years, the Gator Nation’s legacy still stands and will not expire. Gator Growl’s tradition possesses the pride, feelings and hard work of the varying generations of students at the University of Florida. This memorable show will foster the legacy that students and alumni will be able to share for generations to come. Homecoming and Gator Growl will be celebrated from October 2nd through October 21st, 2020. Until then, announcements, updates, and other important information can be found on this website and our various social media outlets.