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title:

Parade in Bloomington following NCAA victory

image number:

P0028873

description:

According to page one of the March 18, 1953 issue of The Indiana Daily Student, in part:

"I.U.'s Hurryin' Hoosiers will be greeted tomorrow afternoon by students and towspeople when they arrive in Bloomington at 3:30 o'clock.

Neither Coach Branch McCracken nor the team members know about the celebration...

The team will arrive in Indianapolis at about 1:30 p.m...they will travel to Cascades Park...where they will be transferred to convertibles and escorted into town...

Page one of the March 20, 1953 issue of The Indiana Daily Student reads, in part:

"A bus load of Hoosier champions.

Three thousand cars.

And More than 10,000 yelling, cheering Indiana fans.

It all added up to a terrific welcome for the N.C.A.A. champs.

A two-mile-long bedlam that filled City streets for more than three hours welcomed the Hurryin' Hoosiers back home again to Indiana...

Beginning at Cascade Park shiny convertibles and fully painted pre-war 'buggies,' a well-worn firetruck, and sundry other vehicles inched their way toward town in a boisterous victory procession.

As the N.C.A.A. champs ducked through the bus door, their mouths fell open and their faces were pictures of surprise...The Macmen were carried on the shoulders of the fans to waiting convertibles...

As the revelers rolled into town, both young and old City residents jammed the downtown sidewalks...

In trees, on light posts, on tops of buildings, and on tops of cars - anywhere they could see - the fans cheered...

The smile on Coach Branch McCracken's face when he stepped off the bus was still shining as the caravan wound up at the Fieldhouse ramp.

'It's the greatest homecoming,' he shouted above the din. 'I've never seen anything to equal it.'..."

date taken:

1953 March 19

film code:

Kodak - Safety 410

photographer studio:

Athletic Department

donor image number:

953-0653

accession number:

95/014

copyright owner:

Indiana University

event name:

NCAA Tournament

topic:

Basketball

topic:

Parades & processions

topic:

Celebrations

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Groups

subseries:

Basketball