Retired dean of Auburn students, James E. Foy, was the grand marshal of the first Wreck Tech Parade since 1987.
The defending national champion Auburn men's swimming team made its first appearance of the 2003-2004 season in the parade.
The Auburn cheerleaders participated in the activities on Thursday evening.
Auburn band members play in their pajamas.
AU's majorettes and flag corps marches past Toomer's Corner.
Auburn's tuba players get down on Thursday in downtown Auburn.
The parade route started on Magnolia and finished at Jordan-Hare Stadium for a pep rally after marching past Toomer's Corner.
Members of the Marines and Navy ROTC units marched in the parade.
Air Force ROTC students joined the fesivities just before sundown on Thursday.
Floats, like the Buzz Zapper, have traditionally been a big part of Wreck Tech parades.
The Wreck Tech parade was revived this year with the return of one of Auburn's oldest football rivalries with Georgia Tech. The two teams first played in football in 1892.
Sororities are traditionally a big part of the color and festivities at the Wreck Tech parade.
The Tri Delts show their spirit on the parade route.
Auburn and Georgia Tech will meet on the football field Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Atlanta.
The Wreck Tech parade's origins go back to a college prank in the 1890s when AU students slipped out of their dorm rooms late at night to grease the railroad tracks before Georgia Tech's train arrived in Auburn. That train slid past the station and the Jackets had to walk back to Auburn.
Auburn will be trying to bounce back on Saturday from an opening day loss to Southern Cal.
The Tigers hope to jar the jackets on Saturday at newly renovated Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The Wreck Tech parade is expected to return in 2005 when the Yellow Jackets come to Auburn.