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KU, city preparing for parade on Sunday

April 11, 2008


Quick parade will focus on team

This weekend's Jayhawk championship parade will have a different feel than the one in 1988. Enlarge video

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Celebration parade for KU men's basketball team


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Kansas University's hoops heroes will be joined by the KU pep band and Spirit Squad in riding, marching and cheering down Massachusetts Street for a victory parade at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone and everyone else interested in soaking up the atmosphere of the Jayhawks' national basketball championship will find themselves crowding onto the sidewalks and side streets of downtown Lawrence for yet another chance to say thanks.

"I can't think of a better way to cap the season," said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director.

The parade route - at least for now - will stretch from Seventh Street to the north side of South Park, lining up a little more than a half-mile of happiness for connecting the NCAA champions with their faithful fans.

But Sgt. Paul Fellers, a Lawrence police spokesman, said that the ending point for the parade remained "under consideration" as of Thursday evening. There is talk of extending the length of the parade.

"The parade route is not set in stone as of yet," Fellers said.

No matter where the parade ends, folks with Kansas Athletics Inc. are making plans for a joyful celebration.

"The reason I came to Kansas was to be involved in an event like this," said Marchiony, who has been working on plans for the parade and other recognition events 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 20 years to the day after another parade - one complete with floats, community groups and, yes, even a real Cinderella from Disneyland - traveled south on downtown's main street to celebrate KU's first NCAA title in 36 years.

But on parade day back in 1988, the featured attraction still was the team: Danny and the Miracles, the Danny Manning-led squad that rolled through the tournament as an underdog to win the title against Oklahoma, 83-79, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

This Sunday, Manning should be back on Massachusetts once again, only this time drawing cheers as a KU assistant coach. Manning and other coaches, players, managers and others affiliated with the team will be lined up to ride in convertibles; members of the pep band and Spirit Squad also are scheduled to participate.

Once the parade ends - wherever that ends up being - the players, coaches and others affiliated with the team are scheduled to attend a 6 p.m. awards ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse.

The fieldhouse ceremony is open to the public, Marchiony said. Doors will open there at 5 p.m.

Fellers, the police spokesman, said that the public parking lot south of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., would be closed to the public. All of the other more than 2,500 public parking spaces in downtown Lawrence - and including those lining Massachusetts Street - will be open and available for people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fellers' advice: show up early.

"Folks can't just come down at the last minute," he said.

And unlike the party atmosphere that filled downtown Lawrence on Monday night - an estimated 40,000 people crowding the streets, many with plastic cups filled with beer - Sunday's parade will be conducted with different guidance from police.

The parade, Fellers said, would be conducted much like a traditional Band Day parade. Translation: Expect more of a family atmosphere.

"Alcohol is not allowed on the sidewalks or streets," Fellers said. "It's meant to be a parade to recognize the accomplishments of the team and coach Bill Self. If somebody has an idea that they're going to have alcohol and drink it during the parade, that's not something that's going to be allowed."


stuckinthemiddle 10 years ago

no doubt, there will be far more traffic on the streets west of Mass...

davidsmom 10 years ago

Does anyone know if you are coming to Lawrence from out of town, where you would park?

kansassportsnutgal 10 years ago

There is also a parking garage on New Hampshire but you will need to get there early.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years ago

davidsmom if you want a good parking spot you should get to town early... at least a couple of hours before parade time... I recommend that you park a few blocks to the east of Mass Street... find a nice place to eat... do a bit of window shopping... then watch the parade...

CTucker78 10 years ago

Yay! My kids and I are coming from Arkansas. We are excited. :-)

Melissa Kounelaki 10 years ago

And the parking will be free in the garage (and elsewhere) on Sunday.

blahblahblah 10 years ago

There is also the garage at the Riverfront Mall. Since it is a little farther from the route, may not be as busy as early...

Wendy magillicutty 10 years ago

yay! might I be so bold to suggest the thousands that partied on mass for days let us families have Mass street back on Sunday? I hope the parade route is extended to give more room, but it would be nice to have space on Mass street for the younguns. I avoided the chaos downtown with my 20 mo old the entire weekend; we'd sure love to have her (3rd generation jayhawk!) and her grandpa have a clear shot to wave at the players.

mom_of_three 10 years ago

My kids are busy planning. They want to watch the parade and get a seat in Allen Fieldhouse for the later events. So we are figuring out where we can park, and get out, to get to the fieldhouse.

mom_of_three 10 years ago

We watched the game at the Fieldhouse, went to memorial Stadium on Tuesday, and can't miss the parade or event at the fieldhouse on Sunday. No one wants to finish celebrating

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years ago

fun fun fun my girl is all excited she wants to see sasha, she just thinks he is great. OOOOOH to be 8 again. My 23 yr old just wants to see all of them she is ku crazy and has been since the 88 win blame that on me.

Bill Chapman 10 years ago

Hopefully this little celebration will not produce the level of trash and broken glass (mostly beer bottles) that was spread all around Mass. St. during the last two celebrations.

sherbert 10 years ago

I thought the parade was also going to be for recognition of the NCAA and the Orange Bowl?

Peaty Romano 10 years ago

I think this is a good time to take the T - That's what I plan on doing.

jaycat 10 years ago

Is this a nonsmoking section of Lawrence?

katsrkool 10 years ago

consumer1 What is wrong with parking on the East side of Mass? Are you serious? How can you honestly think that the East side of Mass is worse than the West side?

adriennerm 10 years ago

I think if you're coming off K-10 park in east lawrence. If you're coming off 70 park in West Lawrence, or right by the bridge in North Lawrence.

Confrontation 10 years ago

To the girl wearing the camouflage jacket (and dancing on a table to crappy live music on Mass St.) after the North Carolina game: Please, please, please, consider the rest of us and buy some deodorant!

imagold 10 years ago

Wow, Mr. Marchiony sure has change his tune. ("The reason I came to Kansas was to be involved in an event like this," said Marchiony - from 'we'll celebrate the way we want to celebrate' or something close to that.) The Grinch found his heart. Yay for a parade. I can't wait. Mom-of-three: if you figure out a way to get from the parade to the field house in time to get a seat for the awards ceremony, share your strategy. I've been trying to work that out in my head for a couple of days now.

terrapin2 10 years ago

The T does not run on Sundays, Peaty, so better find another way. Can't wait for the parade!!

JeepTJ 10 years ago

Shuttle info: A shuttle bus will be available this weekend to take fans from the University of Kansas campus to downtown Lawrence for the parade honoring the men's basketball team. The parade is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Seventh and Massachusetts streets. The parade will proceed south on Massachusetts to 19th Street, then turn right on 19th to Naismith Drive. The shuttle service will run from 1 to 5 p.m. People may park in Lot 94, which is immediately east of Memorial Stadium, or in the Mississippi Street Parking Garage immediately north of the Kansas Union. The shuttle buses will pick up passengers along Mississippi Street at Lot 94 and at the parking garage. Buses will take passengers to the Douglas County Bank parking lot at 300 W. Ninth St. Buses will be staged there after the parade to take people back to Lot 94 and the parking garage. The shuttle and parking are free. The shuttle is sponsored by Downtown Lawrence Inc., Douglas County Bank, Knoxville Racewear and KU on Wheels.

mom_of_three 10 years ago

imagold-LOL!I am thinking of parking several blocks away, walking to the parade, watching it closer to the start then to the end, and when it's over, run to the car, drive to the fieldhouse, and wait in line for the doors to open...that's all I have got for now.

JeepTJ 10 years ago

The shuttle info was taken from an earlier related story. FYI...

del888 10 years ago

I also hope that they include the football team. These guys worked hard and defeated all odds to win the Orange bowl and never recieved hardly any recognition from the city. I vote to include both fb and bb.

MIke Mallory 10 years ago


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