Ashford University Parade Float Wins 'People's Choice' Award

Ashford Float Takes honors in Mardi Gras Parade

Ashford University’s float in the annual Clinton Mardi Gras parade received the “People’s Choice Award,” winning $100 for its creators.   

Titled “Halloween is for Kids of All Ages,” the float featured Ashford’s mascot “Champ” dressed as a pirate, a red Power Ranger, and a witch playing in the Ashford Fun House.  Other Ashford employees, friends and family members dressed in Halloween costumes and walked alongside the float, distributing candy and treats to children along the parade route on October 25. 

The Clinton Herald newspaper said, “One comment received read that he/she voted for them because they looked like they were having so much fun too.” 

Ashford University employees and family members helped create the float for the annual parade that coincides with Halloween. 

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.