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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Bucky on Parade?

Bucky on Parade is a public art event that will bring approximately 100 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County. In the summer of 2018, artists will bring these Bucky statues to life by transforming them into pieces of art.

When will it take place?

Bucky on Parade will debut in May 2018 and will run through the summer with the final farewell taking place in September 2018.

Why Bucky on Parade?

Everyone loves Bucky, and what better way to share our love for our favorite mascot than create over 100 life-size statues of him, that are transformed into beautiful and fun pieces of art for the community and visitors to enjoy throughout the summer. And it’s all for a good cause!

Who will this event benefit?

In addition to being a community event for all to enjoy, Bucky on Parade will also raise funds to support two primary organizations—Garding Against Cancer and the Madison Area Sports Commission. Garding Against Cancer was founded by Greg Gard, Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, and his wife Michelle, in partnership with the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association, to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and care in the state of Wisconsin. The Madison Area Sports Commission was founded in 2010 by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, with the mission of bringing sporting events to the Greater Madison area that increase economic impact for our community and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Dane County.

Where will the statues be placed?

Our project team is currently working on the map with exact locations, but the statues will be found throughout downtown Madison and into the UW-Madison campus. Additionally, we plan to place Bucky’s in other areas of Madison and Dane County. We dare you to find them all!

Who is planning this event?

The Madison Area Sports Commission is the producer of this event, with support from the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional project partners include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Athletics, and the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association. A project team of over 50 staff and volunteers are working to put together the plans and operations for this event, and are excited to share their work with the public in 2018.

I am an artist—how can I design a Bucky?

There will be a call for artists taking place in August 2017. At that time, artists will have the opportunity to submit a concept to be considered for the event. For more specific questions or to ask to receive the Call for Artists notification, please contact

Can I sponsor or buy a Bucky statue?

Yes! Sponsorships will be available soon, and they’ll include options for both sponsoring and purchasing a Bucky. For more information, please contact After the parade is over, a select number of Bucky’s will go up for auction.

How can I get involved?

Throughout the Bucky on Parade planning process and event, there will be countless ways for you to get involved. To start, you can join the Bucky on Parade Fan Club to get updates on the event as planning progresses. For other event questions or comments, you can reach us at

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