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The National Championship Parade and Celebration presented by Academy Sports, Regions Bank and AT&T honoring the 2012 University of Alabama National Champion football team will take place on Saturday, January 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The parade route will begin at the corner of 2nd Avenue and University Boulevard (adjacent to the Moody Music Hall) on the University of Alabama campus. The route will run from that starting point and will end at the Walk of Champions at Bryant-Denny Stadium. At the conclusion of the parade there will be a short ceremony recognizing the team, its captains, head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama fans.
The entire Crimson Tide football team will take part in the parade along with UA President Dr. Judy L. Bonner, Director of Athletics Mal Moore, head football coach Nick Saban and Mrs. Terry Saban, BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock and The Million Dollar Band. Kids will be able to interact with the Alabama cheerleaders, Big Al and Obie (the Orange Bowl mascot).
Announcer Eli Gold will preside over the post-parade ceremony.
Fans interested in attending the parade are encouraged to find a suitable viewing location along the sidewalks on University Boulevard at any point along the parade route. Fans can also find a seat in the Walk of Champions area to watch the event following the parade. A replay of Alabama's 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game will be playing on a large video board in the Walk of Champions beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
All fans attending the parade and the post-parade event can park at any legal parking space on the UA campus.
The following promotional items will be available to fans on Saturday at all merchandise and food outlets starting at 11 a.m.:
*Commemorative posters will be available at three locations around the Walk of Champions (by Gate 3, Northeast and Northwest corners of the Walk of champions);
*Mini footballs and souvenir beads will be distributed throughout parade and Walk of Champions;
*Centerplate is offering a concessions special: for $6.50 fans can purchase one hot dog, one bag of chips and one drink located from a concession area located at the student media center and in front of Reese Phifer and Farrah Hall;
*BCS commemorative cups available at all food tents with the purchase of a $6 beverage;
*BCS National Championship Game merchandise will be available at an outlet at the Northwest lot of Bryant-Denny Stadium and in front of Reese Phifer and Farrah Hall;
*Fan Experience photos with all three national championship trophies will be available from 9 a.m. to Noon at Gate 3 of Bryant-Denny Stadium;
At the conclusion of the Walk of Champions ceremony, the fans will be allowed to walk on the field of Bryant-Denny Stadium by entering through Gate 47.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
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