Ramblin Wreck Parade 2020

McKade Stewart

Reck Club Homecoming Chair

Samantha White

Wreck Parade Sub-Chair

Grace Mallon

Wreck Parade Sub-Chair

The Tradition

The Ramblin’ Wreck Parade was created in 1929 as the Old Ford Race, which occurred for two years as a race from Atlanta to Athens. However, in 1932, the administration deemed the event to be unsafe, and thus led to the adjustment to the Ramblin' Wreck Parade in order to preserve the tradition.

The Wreck Parade is held the Saturday morning of Homecoming and is the last event before the homecoming football game. The original Wreck Parade consisted of two vehicle categories: Fixed Bodies and Classic Cars. Since 1932, the Wreck Parade has been an annual tradition, with the exception of 1942 and 1943, due to the gas shortages during World War II. In 1944, the parade was reintroduced with a third category - contraptions - which are built and powered by students.

COVID Update

In light of the COVID-19 situation, this year's Wreck Parade has undergone some new changes to keep participants and spectators safe and healthy. However, the spirit and fun of one of Georgia Tech’s most beloved traditions will be upheld. To keep the Ramblin' Wreck Parade as safe as possible, this year the parade will be a car parade, consisting of classic cars and decorated vehicles (fixed bodies) that will travel a route around the entire campus.

This year we are encouraging spectators to watch from dorms/lawns along the new route. For those who are not physically on campus, the parade will be showcased the morning of Homecoming through a video produced at a later date.

We are excited to be able to adapt Wreck Parade to keep everyone involved safe. For more information on Wreck Parade changes please refer to the Wreck Parade 2020 Homecoming Rulebook.

Sign Ups

Sign ups are now in early September. If you are interested in participating in Wreck Parade this year please fill out this form: Wreck Parade Form


  • Location: Begins at the McCamish Parking Lot and Fowler. Then make a lap around campus and end at the McCamish Parking Lot and Fowler.
  • Date for Participants: October 11th, 2020
  • Date of Video: October 17th, 2020


Wreck Parade features three categories for entries: classic car, fixed body and contraption. Classic Car: A restored car which is over 25 years old. This category is specifically inspired by our very own 1930 Model A Ford!

Fixed Body: A vehicle which features a display designed and built by students and reflects the Homecoming theme. These vehicles are driven by machine power, and are most similar to parade floats. It may be towed by or attached to a car or other vehicle, or may be a car or other vehicle itself that is 70 percent covered in decorations. Allowed decorations include banners, pomp, streamers, etc as long as decorations adhere to the Entry Regulations above.

Contraption: Similar to fixed body entries, these vehicles are designed and built by students and follow the Homecoming theme! However, these entries are complete human-powered, so creativity and engineering skills can easily be showcased!

Have any questions? Reach out to us at wreckparade@gmail.com or rrchomecoming@gmail.com.