Jersey City to host celebratory parade for Saint Peter’s basketball team on Friday

The parade for St. Peter's will be taking place on JFK Boulevard. Editorial credit: Al Sermeno Photography / Shutterstock.com.

The city of Jersey City will host a celebratory parade for the Saint Peter’s University’s men’s basketball team on Friday to honor their historic run in the NCAA tournament this month.

St. Peter’s became the national stars of the basketball world and the city’s heroes this month with a string of massive upsets, starting when they defeated number two seed University of Kentucky, and followed by a win against Murray State University to advance to the Sweet 16.

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They then defeated Purdue University last Friday to make it to the Elite Eight, becoming the first ever fifteenth seeded team in history to reach that high in the tournament. Their Cinderella run eventually ended in a loss to North Carolina on Sunday, but despite that, the city and the state of New Jersey has heralded them for their historic efforts.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Statue of Abraham Lincoln, and will proceed up John F. Kennedy Boulevard all the way to Saint Peter’s campus, where a large rally will take place in the front of the school.

The basketball team and school officials will be joined by Mayor Steven Fulop alongside local and state officials.

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