100,000 at Parade for KU

Fans implore NBA prospects to return during largest fete in Lawrence history
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 9:37 PM CDT
Kansas coach Bill Self points to the crowd during a parade celebrating their national basketball championship in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – In possibly the biggest celebration in the city's history, a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 lined Lawrence's streets Sunday to honor the national basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks. Fans from as far away as Colorado and Minnesota, some in trees and on rooftops, came to get a glimpse of the team that beat Memphis to win the NCAA championship.

Fans lined the sidewalks as many as 10 deep to watch as players, coaches and team personnel paraded by in shiny red and black Mustang and Corvette convertibles. "I was here for the parade 20 years ago when we won it in 1988 and I think this is even bigger and better," said Esther McPherson of Tonganoxie.