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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The roar of cars, the cheering crowds, and band after band marching down the street; these are the sights and sounds of Howard University's Homecoming weekend.

Akilah Flowers is a junior at American University.  Her family came in from Wisconsin to celebrate Homecoming weekend with her. She says, "The fact that I can have my family come be around my Howard family, it's just a lot of love!"

Others say this weekend shows the strong legacy of Howard, and it is also a great time to meet and talk with alumni.

The energetic crowd out here today quite different from the chaotic scene on Friday.

Multiple people were injured after this crowd rushed the gates during a concert known as 'YardFest'.

The venue had reached capacity and students couldn't get into the sold out event. Flowers says, "It didn't turn out how we all wanted, I was a little disappointed myself."

Students hope the university learned from the experience and hopefully things will go a little more smoothly next year. There is a large police presence this homecoming weekend. WUSA9 was told that security protocols are in place and it is no different as a result of what happened last night.

It addition to the Metropolitan Police Department, the University also had contract officers and event staff lining the streets. The alumni and students WUSA9 spoke with say this weekend is about celebrating Howard University and it's legacy and nothing will put a damper on that.

Kyana Simmons says, "It doesn't ruin the rest of the weekend's events, it's just great being here."

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