Villanova fans flood streets around campus to celebrate win

Ruben Hill
April 4, 2018

The City of Brotherly Love has turned into the city of champions, as the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII in February.

The city will host a parade for the champs starting at 11 a.m. Thursday along Market Street, in the heart of Philadelphia's business district, and ending with a rally outside City Hall. The parade will end at Dilworth Park.

According to the city, road closures around the parade route on Market, Chestnut and Broad Street will be in effect. The parade, which took place the Friday after the game, cost an estimated $22,000, with the university picking up the tab for police, EMS staffing and post-parade cleanup.

Villanova is not actually in Philadelphia. But the Wildcats are a member of Philly's famed Big 5, an informal association of the five college programs that play basketball and compete for the city's Big 5 title - Penn, St. Joseph's, Temple, La Salle and Villanova.

Villanova University will be closed on Thursday for the parade festivities.

The Villanova Wildcats earned their second parade in three years by defeating the Michigan Wolverines, 79-62, to win the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament Monday.

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