Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, the 2012 University of Alabama football team will be honored with a parade.
While the occasion will mark the third time in four years that Alabama has received a public "congrats" for their accomplishments, Saturday will mark the first time that a parade has been "formed" to celebrate the achievement of winning a national championship.
To honor the 2009 and 2011 champions, a "simple" ceremony was held inside of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans gathered on portions of the field, and primarily in the stands, to watch coaches, players, and dignitaries say a few words about the accomplishment and provide the proper thanks. Essentially, that was the extent of the festivities. One could easily make the claim that after such an impressive accomplishment, the ceremony, on both occasions, felt rather lukewarm.
>Coach Saban speaks at the 2011 championship ceremony<
In respect to the new celebration plans, fans of the Crimson Tide seem anxious for Saturday's festivities and opportunities.
A trio of Alabama fans shared their thoughts via Twitter...
"I think that a parade is great in respect to what Alabama has accomplished in its last five years. It gives us fans a chance to see the players and coaches in an environment that really celebrates what they have done." ~ @dave_4_UA (David)
"I love the thought of our Million Dollar Band, along with our team, being put on display. Not to mention the businesses and sponsors who have supported our team." ~ @RTR_4EVER (Heather)
"I think a parade is an AWESOME idea! Parades are an American tradition! Think about it...the astronauts got a parade, the GI's returning from WWII got a parade! Why not the history-making National Championship team from UA? It's not just a celebration, it's to honor the accomplishments! It's something everybody loves, the team, the coaches, old folks, little kids...everybody loves parades!" ~ @cynthiastover82 (Cynthia)
>More details revealed for Alabama's National Championship parade<