PHILA (PA): On Friday, hundreds of Villanova fans gathered along five blocks on Broad Street waiting and cheering on Villanova University’s Buzzer beating shot that won them the first NCCA championship since 1985.
HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR VILLANOVA HISTORICAL NCCA PARADE CELEBRATION DOWN BROAD STREET IN CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia: The parade was a success and the crowds were standing in rows of three’s behind police barricades. Even though the barricades were meant to keep spectators behind them, it didn’t stop the crowd from coming through them when the parade came through in joy and excitement.
Spectators began to line the parade route hours before the parade started but the big crowd didn’t come but 15 minutes before the parade got underway. Vendors strolled down Broad street selling Villanova shirts, hats, and food. Villanova volunteers were seen giving away signs and banners to spectators.
Members of the Villanova men’s basketball team stood on top of double decker busses as they paraded down Broad Street in total shock and amazement of the large crowd they could see from above. They were blown away that so many people came down to join them in this celebration.
There was a heavy police presence along the parade route and there was several streets closed down, diverting mid-day traffic to alternate routes. Septa and Amtrak was also affected.
Villanova’s last NCCA championship win was in 1985 when Rollie Massimino led Villanova to victory. Following last week’s victory, fans poured out into the streets in celebration in Bryn Mawr, in Radnor Township, Pa. The celebrations ended peacefully with only nine minor arrests made, and minor injuries. There were pockets of incidents by the stadium that police handled and was able to prevent escalation right away.