WACO, TX — Get ready to celebrate, Waco!
The 2021 Men's Basketball National Champions will be celebrated with full fanfare in a parade through downtown Waco on Tuesday, April 13.
The Bears will join Baylor University, the City of Waco, the Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Baylor Bear Foundation in celebration of the men's basketball team's NCAA championship win.
Here's what you need to know.
What's the route for the parade?
The National Championship Parade begins traveling down Austin Ave (from 14th St) at 6pm Tuesday and will follow Austin Avenue.
The route will start at 14th street and end at 3rd street, just outside Waco City Hall.
The parade will include student-athletes, coaches, administrators, invited guests, local city officials and other honorees.
.@BaylorMBB you make Texas proud!
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 13, 2021
Where can I park?
The City of Waco is asking residents to avoid on-street parking along Austin Avenue today.
Free parking lots are available around downtown, including at the end of the parade route near Waco City Hall.
Free parking is available near 5th Street and Washington Avenue and near 4th Street and Franklin Avenue.
Additional free parking is available near 9th Street and Webster Avenue.
See the map below to find free parking:
When is the ceremony?
At approximately 6:30 p.m. there will be a ceremony outside of City Hall to honor the Bears who dominated Gonzaga 86-70 to secure Baylor's first men's basketball national championship.
Fans will hear from head coach Scott Drew, student-athletes and other special guests.
The Ferris Mowers NABC National Championship Trophy will also be presented tonight during the national championship parade.
— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) April 13, 2021
What about the weather?
Chief Meteorologist Matt Hines has you covered:
— Matt Hines (@MattHinesTX) April 13, 2021
Will there be safety guidelines?
Fans attending the parade and ceremony are encouraged to practice healthy habits and follow local city mask requirements.
Masks and social distancing are encouraged along the parade route, Baylor University said.
I can't attend. Is there another way to watch?
Tune in to 25 News at 5pm and 6pm to watch our team coverage of the National Championship Parade.
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