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Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2016 12:47 PM
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Villanova players celebrate after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Philadelphia) -- Hundreds of cheering fans are lining streets in downtown Philadelphia to celebrate Villanova's NCAA championship.

Friday's parade is taking the winners of the men's basketball tournament, the school band and cheerleaders along five downtown blocks before ending at City Hall for a rally.

Fans are lined up 10-deep on some city sidewalks as buses carrying the team pass by.

Villanova's suburban campus is closed and all classes are canceled so anyone who works or attends the Roman Catholic university can take part.

The Wildcats got the win Monday against North Carolina thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Philadelphia sports fans have been yearning for a chance to celebrate. The city's big four pro teams have been mediocre to terrible of late. The Phillies were the last to win a title, in 2008.

An earlier story is below:

After a seven-year drought, Philadelphia is getting another chance to celebrate a championship season. 

The city is throwing a parade and hosting a rally Friday for the Wildcats of Villanova University. 

The parade route will take the winners of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the school band and cheerleaders along five downtown blocks before ending at City Hall. 

Villanova's suburban campus is closed and all classes are canceled so anyone who works or attends the Roman Catholic university can take part. 

A three-point buzzer-beater gave the Wildcats the win Monday against North Carolina. 

Philadelphia sports fans have been yearning for a chance to celebrate.

The city's big four pro teams have had some mediocre or worse seasons of late, and the Phillies were the last to win a title and have a parade -- in 2008.  

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