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Top Ten Reasons To See the 100th Anniversary Parade Of Champions

March 12, 2010

Indianapolis, Ind.  -- The exciting culmination of the "100 Years IN 100 Days" Celebration is two short weeks away and all Hoosier fans will want to be a part. On Saturday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the 100th Anniversary Parade of Champions will make its way through downtown Indianapolis to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament. Here are the top ten reasons to save the date for this historic centennial celebration:

10.  You might get on television.

The Indiana Cable Network, partnering with Comcast, Mediacom, Insight and Brighthouse Networks, will broadcast the parade live to nearly a million households across the state. This may be the start of your fifteen minutes of fame.

9. You still regret skipping your high school reunion.

Relive the "glory days," dust off your old letter jacket and be a part of the largest reunion of a century's worth of high school basketball championship teams. With over 80 percent of teams and all decades being represented, chances are you will see a few old friends or at least make some new ones.

8. You already plan to come out to the state finals.

For those wondering how to fill time between sessions, your problems are solved. Grab a bite, find a spot along the street and take advantage of the free and family-friendly entertainment during the afternoon. The parade steps off at 3 p.m.

7. You always wanted to meet a celebrity.

Now is the time to make dreams come true. Celebrity players like Chuck Harmon (Washington, 1942), Bobby Plump (Milan, 1954), Oscar Robertson (Crispus Attucks, 1956), Ron Hughes (1961), Billy Keller (Indianapolis Washington, 1965) Pete Trgovich (East Chicago Washington, 1971) and Walter Jordan (Fort Wayne Northrop, 1974) have signed on to be part of the parade line-up, and the collection of all-stars is growing daily. You may get lucky and have your picture taken or shake hands with one of these great basketball legends.

6. You live for excuses to dress in school spirit wear.

Everyone remembers school spirit week-a time to get decked out with jerseys, uniforms, letter jackets, crazy clothes and even togas in school colors. Pull out the pom poms, face paint, cow bells and fan gear and come cheer for your school or alma mater. Make sure to throw a high five to "Felix the Cat," the oldest school mascot from Logansport, as he goes by.

5. You and your friends (or kids) are home for spring break.

Instead of sitting at home, twiddling your thumbs and wishing you were in Florida, why not plan a fun day trip to downtown Indianapolis for the parade? Grab a camera and prepare to make memories for your scrapbook. You may be surprised by the stories you come away with in the end.

4. You long to be a part of something BIG.

A 100th anniversary only happens once, and this is the first parade in history to honor a century of high school boys basketball championships. There may never again be this many state basketball champions gathered together in one place, and if there is you most likely will not be around to see it. With the importance of basketball in Indiana, this is sure to go down in Hoosier history. In fact, "Hoosier Hysteria" author Herb Schwomeyer is expected to participate, so perhaps this will spur on an addendum to the book.

3. You think your son may become the next generation's basketball legend.

What better way to inspire children than to help them discover their heros? Bring basketball history to life by showing them the stars. Who knows? They may even take an interest in hearing your childhood memories once they get to see who you have been telling them about for so long. 

2. You want to help prove Indiana has the best basketball fans.

There is truth behind the expression "Hoosier Hysteria." Indiana fans are devoted, wildly passionate and proud of their basketball teams, whether at the youth league, high school, collegiate or professional level. Help show the nation what Hoosier Hysteria and real March Madness are all about by coming out on March 27th.  

1. You played on a state championship team but missed the parade deadline.

It may not be too late to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Contact the parade committee today by calling 317-863-2575 or emailing info@100n100.net. Those shy of the spotlight are still encouraged to come and be part of the crowd.


The 100th Anniversary Parade of Champions will begin at Pennsylvania and Vermont and make its way around Monument Circle before ending at Conseco Fieldhouse. Information about the parade, along with the "100 Years IN 100 Days" Celebration, can be found at http://www.100yearsin100days.net/.

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