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Sunday parade set for champs

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Championship parade set for Sunday

Lawrence certainly loves a parade, and late today, Jayhawk fans learned they'll have one this weekend.

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Past parades for the Jayhawks

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Archival footage from the 1986, 1988, and 1991 parades held for the KU Men's Basketball team.

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Celebration parade for KU men's basketball team

  • Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3 p.m.
  • Downtown Lawrence, Lawrence
  • All ages / Free

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Sunday's downtown Lawrence parade for the Kansas University men's basketball team will air live at 3 p.m. Sunday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. Replays will be aired at 9 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The celebration will be available for one week on Sunflower Broadband Video on Demand, which can be accessed through Channel 1.

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The streets couldn't hold them all.

Perched atop roofs of Massachusetts Street buildings were Kansas University flags that flapped on a bright spring day, balloons that drifted as high as the spirits of a town, and - most importantly - there were Jayhawk fans taking in a sight unlike any they had seen before.

Below, 60,000 of their friends crowded Mass. Street to the point that the main drag was reduced to a wide sidewalk. There was enough room, however, for Cinderella - the real one from Disneyland - to make her way through the masses and introduce Lawrence's newest royalty.

Their names? Well, the town had grown fond of calling them Danny and the Miracles.

It was April 13, 1988 - the last time the town had occasion to put on a National Championship parade.

Downtown restaurant owner Bob Schumm told a television reporter on that day that they were partaking in a historic event. But he threw in a quick addition.

"But," Schumm said, "it will be repeated soon."

Well, he was half-right.

The wait was two decades, but Kansas University and Lawrence will have another National Championship parade on Sunday.

Leaders with the Kansas University athletics department announced Wednesday afternoon that KU's National Champion basketball team will be honored on Sunday at a 3 p.m. parade that will run along Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street to South Park.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, the basketball team also will have an awards ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse. The event is free and open to the public. Doors to the Fieldhouse will open at 5 p.m.

Jim Marchiony, assistant athletics director for KU, said the athletics department decided Wednesday to move ahead with a parade after having time to catch its breath following Monday's National Championship game.

"We started getting some comments last week about a parade," Marchiony said. "We know that there are people out there who would love to see a parade. I think our players and coaches feel the same way."

Chancellor Robert Hemenway also said he had received messages from "a lot of people" asking for a parade.

Jayhawk fans from both near and far were clamoring for a parade earlier Wednesday.

"I don't have the most money in the world," said Mike Hoffman, a 2001 KU graduate living in Chicago. "But I told myself that if they get that National Championship, I'm going to make that trip. I don't care if gas is $7 a gallon. I'm driving to Lawrence for a parade."

Peggy Johnson, a Lawrence financial adviser and former downtown doughnut shop owner, helped organize the 1988 parade. She said the event will help the town revel in the Jayhawks' success.

"It really lets the town be part of the celebration," Johnson said. "The university has its own celebration, and that is great, but the town feels a little bit of a disconnect unless you have something like this."

Larry Cornelius knows the 1988 parade made him feel connected. Back then he bought three gallons of paint - one each of red, blue and yellow - and painted his early 1960s International Harvester truck to look like a Jayhawk.

He parked it on Massachusetts Street - where he owned Fun & Games store - to give him and his 72-year-old mother a good place to watch history.

Somehow his mother got then-head coach Larry Brown to sign a National Championship T-shirt. The newspaper report from that day tells that Brown signed shirts of people up and down the parade route as he traveled in a powder blue Corvette convertible.

Cornelius isn't sure how his mother scored the autograph, but he knows that it created a memory that lasted long past the day.

"That shirt was her pride and joy," Cornelius said. "When she went into a nursing home, she would always wear that shirt to watch the game."

Staff writer Jonathan Kealing contributed to this report.

Comments

jahawkdave 13 years, 6 months ago

I don't care when where or how at least they are having one and it will be great! I just wish I lived closer and could go, please post alot of pictures and vids!!!

jahawkdave 13 years, 6 months ago

Sunflower cable or KU athletics please put the full lenght coverage on the web so us out of state can watch the whole thing.Thanks

Benjamin Clay Jones 13 years, 6 months ago

Say, whatever happened to Fun and Games? Is the store still there? The athletic department should invite Brown back to ride in the parade seated next to Bill Self. It would be a great way to tie the two eras together, and a small gesture of gratitude to Brown for giving Self his start in coaching.

Rick Arnoldy 13 years, 6 months ago

wats211 - When are you going to learn to turn the Caps-Lock key off?

d_prowess 13 years, 6 months ago

I do think it would have been nice to have the parade link up with the Spring football game, but I am selfishly happy that it will be Sunday. From what I have seen, Saturday is going to be a miserable weather day with Rain, Wind, and Snow Showers. A lot of people would have skipped both given those conditions. So having the parade on Sunday makes the most sense.

Brad Watson 13 years, 6 months ago

IM HAPPY ABOUT THE PARADE...BUT I DISAGREE WITH THE TIME..IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELD ON SATURDAY MORNING ...GOING DOWN MASS STREET AND SNAKING AROUND TO END UP AT THE FOOTBALL STADIUM....AND ENDING FOR THE SPRING FOOTBALL GAME...REMEMBER WE ALL NEED TO SHOW UP FOR THE SPRING GAME...I WANT 50,000 PEOPLE THERE..SO IF THE PARADE WOULD HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED LIKE THAT...THEN YOU COULD HAVE REALLY EMPHASIZED KU ATHELETICS.....JUST ANOTHER BLUNDER...NOT THOUGHT THROUGH PROPERLY...THEN HAVE THE AWRDS CEREMONY ON SUNDAY.....THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC.....PEOPLE WHO LOVE THE FOOTBALL TEAM LOVE THE BASKETBALL TEAM..WE LOVE KU...THE BASKETBALL PLAYERS LOVE MANGINO AND COMPANY....IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME...AND GREAT EXPOSURE FOR THE FOOTBALL TEAMS'SPRING GAME...IM DISAPPOINTED THAT SOME IN THE ATHLETIC DEPT ARE NOT CEREBRAL ENOUGH TO SEE THAT...PATHETIC!

13 years, 6 months ago

I don't know if this has previously been posted, but here is a link to a cool tribute to this year's team thru Senior Night:http://www.kansas.com/static/slides/030908kubasketball/

Joe Ross 13 years, 6 months ago

  1. I hope the FOOTBALL TEAM gets to be a part of the festivities.2. I agree: I hope they stream coverage of the parade on the web.3. Jim Marchiony should be fired! WHY WOULD ANYBODY GIVE RESISTANCE TO PARADES? HE DID IT TWICE NOW!!!

JayCeph 13 years, 6 months ago

A powder blue Corvette? Powder blue? Some might call it Carolina blue... or TarHeel blue but I prefer 'baby blue' as the proper name.I'm going to the parade and will NOT be riding in or wearing anything that has that color on/in it.

smitty33 13 years, 6 months ago

jross - FANTASTIC thought. PLEASE.... include the Orange Bowl Champs!!!!Jim sure did a 180.... what an idioit.

CasperCorps 13 years, 6 months ago

I got chills thinking of the parade!!! Rockem Hawks!!1

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