Plans are in the works for Bill Self, Mario Chalmers and the rest of the NCAA Champion Kansas Jayhawks to ride down Massachusetts Street in the city's first championship parade in two decades.
Joining the team as parade participants Sunday will be athletics support staff, the pep band and members of the Spirit Squad. Unlike years past, there will be no room for public floats, good-luck charms or other folks who might want to join in.
This will be a parade of champions, and citizens of the larger Jayhawk Nation will be invited and encouraged to crowd and cheer from the sidewalks and side streets.
"The reason I came to Kansas was to be involved in an event like this," said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director-turned-parade planner in the wake of KU's 75-68 overtime victory over Memphis in Monday's title game.
"I'm just glad it's here, and our fans are glad it's here. We're just looking forward to a great day."
The parade is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Sunday at Seventh and Massachusetts streets, then move south down Massachusetts to South Park. From there, the team will head directly to Allen Fieldhouse, where members will assemble for an awards ceremony that is free and open to the public.
Fieldhouse doors will open at 5 p.m.