After taking a year off to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Alabama's annual homecoming parade and bonfire celebration will return to Tuscaloosa this weekend ahead of the Crimson Tide's matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers.

The festivities kick off this Friday at 6:30 p.m., with a pep rally and massive bonfire on the Quad in the heart of UA's campus.

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This year's homecoming theme is "Together We Rise," which seeks to recognize the collective spirit of Alabama students, alumni and fans. In a press release, the 2021 SGA Homecoming Committee said they were "striving to foster school spirit and pride by representing the true diversity of [UA's] student body."

"The spirit of the Tide is a force that collectively grows through our united excellence," the committee said. "We see homecoming as a time to explore our mission and the victories and growth that have moved us forward. We will celebrate the legacy and spirit of the tide, as its wave propels us into new opportunities."

The fun continues Saturday afternoon, when the homecoming parade is scheduled to get started at 1 o'clock.

The parade will begin in downtown Tuscaloosa, move north on Greensboro Avenue then turn east on University Boulevard and make its way past the Strip and onto campus.

The Tide will take on the Vols at 6 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium as Coach Nick Saban looks to continue a 14-game winning streak against Tennessee.

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