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It’s parade day in Philadelphia for NCAA champion Villanova

PHILADELPHIA -- 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.