Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

Villanova coach Jay Wright says his team’s win is just a “warmup” for Philadelphia sports.

Thousands of cheering fans lined streets and filled a park to celebrate the Wildcats’ NCAA championship. Friday’s parade took the winners of the men’s basketball tournament along five downtown blocks before ending at jam-packed City Hall.

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

But they got to party Friday. Fans lined up 20-deep on some city sidewalks as buses carrying the team passed by. Blue and white confetti fluttered between office buildings as the players tossed T-shirts into the crowd.

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